The Blossoming of Maximo Oliveros Reviews

May 20, 2020
Blossoming is a fine queer film and one of the best films produced in the Philippines in decades...
November 16, 2011
August 19, 2007
captures the street life of Manila's slums like no other film
August 15, 2007
Veering from adorable and light to bleak and tragic, Maximo Oliveros is all over the emotional map, but in a realistic way, sort of like life itself.
August 5, 2007
If this represents the best of Philippine cinema, I'd hate to see the worst!
June 1, 2007
February 7, 2007
Yet after all of the muck has been racked, the film's saving grace is the marvellously compelling navet and too-early reality-test of its star. Perhaps if queers were the majority there would be less senseless death and more fashion conscious citizens!
September 30, 2006
Okay, aside from the gay angle, this is actually a rather conventional film. Had Maxi been a girl, no one would have even thought of exporting this thing. But it isn't and it's saved by the brilliant work of young Nathen Lopez, who swishes and preens his
September 28, 2006
One of the finest Filipino films, shimmering with folkloric charm without softening its view of the harshness and injustice of a life of poverty.
September 28, 2006
One of those all-too-rare films that handle preadolescent queerness with intelligence and unflinching honesty.
September 22, 2006
Preteen sexuality is a sensitive subject, but director Auraeus Solito handles it with dignity, never becoming exploitative.
September 21, 2006
The newcomer Nathan Lopez delights as the flamboyantly gay Maxi, the youngest son in a family of thieves who falls in love with handsome police officer.
September 21, 2006
A unusual and potent portrait of the Filipino undersoul.
September 19, 2006
The film is alarming, endearing, and utterly unflappable.
April 19, 2006
This debut feature by Filipino director Auraeus Solito is a neatly observed take on Manila street life.
March 29, 2006
A neorealist coming-of-age story infused with the pulse-pounding anxieties and excitement of first love.
March 19, 2006
A 12-year-old boy's initiation into the adult world where even those who seem virtuous are capable of giving into the enticements of money and power.
March 8, 2006
The Blossoming of Maximo Oliveros is a lo-fi Technicolor ode to this memorable protagonist, a neorealist homo noir.
January 27, 2006
An unusually low-key Filipino drama whose neo-realist air generally triumphs over the script's violent, tearful contrivances.