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On The Job Reviews

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Inkoo Kang
Los Angeles Times
September 26, 2013
Despite the relative flatness of [the] characters - their relationships to one another are more archetypal than particular - the film is as heartbreaking as it is heart-stopping.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Farran Smith Nehme
New York Post
September 27, 2013
Matti uses this setup to show the rot in Philippine society, and it's often compelling stuff - filmed mostly on dirty streets and in moldy, ramshackle buildings.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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September 26, 2013
The film manages to create some moments of genuine nervous tension, but is undercut by its split storytelling.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Andrew Schenker
Slant Magazine
September 23, 2013
A nose-to-the-ground crime thriller that also doubles as a wide-ranging portrait of official corruption in the Philippines, On the Job has little trouble delivering the genre goods.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Anton Bitel
Sight and Sound
May 26, 2014
an audacious trawl through the gutter of Manila's political structures, evoking the very best conspiracy thrillers of the 70s while remaining utterly contemporary and local.
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
September 27, 2013
"On the Job" is a sturdy and sophisticated crime drama from the Philippines that takes a pretty gruesome situation and enriches its presentation with lots of human detail.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Pete Vonder Haar
Village Voice
September 24, 2013
Combining street-level crime with political corruption, On the Job owes as much to Scorsese as it does to Philippine current events.
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Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times
September 26, 2013
Even at its most incomprehensible, the propulsive thriller "On the Job" is never less than arresting.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
Jonathan Kiefer
SF Weekly
February 5, 2014
This is a film whose signature image might be a bloody middle finger in the midst of a very lethal intersection shootout.
Scott Tobias
The Dissolve
September 26, 2013
Matti's primary order of business is regularly serving up tense, stylish action sequences, and he proves more adept choreographing those than sorting out the convolutions of his parallel plotlines.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Jay Stone
Canada.com
September 27, 2013
On The Job is a chance to see the original, messy thing.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Chris Bumbray
JoBlo's Movie Emporium
October 1, 2013
A great premise, solid acting, and some really interesting shots from director Matti make this well worth watching.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
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Toronto Star
September 26, 2013
Makes up in character development and action shots what it lacks in narrative innovation.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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