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Directed by Maryo de los Reyes, Magnifico is a sentimental family-oriented melodrama from the Philippines, written by Michiko S. Yamamoto as the first prize in a scriptwriting contest. Magnifico (Jiro Manio) is a young boy from the poor town of Lumban, Laguna, who tries to help out his parents (Albert Martinez and Lorna Tolentino) by raising money to bury his grandmother (Gloria Romero), who is dying of cancer. Meanwhile, his older brother (Danilo Barrios) loses his scholarship, and his sister Ellen (Isabella De Leon) suffers from cerebral palsy.


Critic Reviews for Magnifico

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  • De los Reyes's fluid compositions, dead-on pacing, and knack for eliciting naturalistic performances make the story uncommonly cathartic.

    Oct 29, 2004 | Full Review…
  • Director Maryo J. De los Reyes and writer Mitchiko Yamamoto shamelessly press viewers' emotional buttons. But the film is so well-made and the performances so accomplished that it doesn't matter.

    Oct 29, 2004 | Rating: 3/4
  • A modest but engaging Filipino tear-jerker.

    Oct 28, 2004 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • Amiable, though much too long.

    Nov 4, 2004 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • That I bought into this transparent exercise in tear-jerking ... has as much to do with my own curious tolerance for subtitled excess as it does its own virtues of performance, scripting and direction.

    Oct 30, 2004 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…
  • To western viewers, Magnifico plays more like a cultural document. It is fascinating to look at, but you are always out of the movie, and mostly to observe the details of emotional manipulation.

    Oct 30, 2004 | Rating: 3/5

Audience Reviews for Magnifico

Aside from presenting the usual scenario in a typical Filipino community, Magnifico is a heartfelt and beautiful tale about a seemingly little and insignificant boy who was able to touch the hearts of the people around him. Well-written screenplay, superb acting and direction, and its ability to appeal to its audience's emotion made this a jewel of Filipino filmmaking.

Maymay Asahan
Maymay Asahan

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So terribly sweet and saddening. One of the few Philippino films that I have seen and it was a difficult watch at times.

John Ballantine
John Ballantine

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