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Based on 11 Reviews
critic reviews (10)
fan reviews ( 2 )
  • 75
    Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle

    A sturdy and sophisticated crime drama from the Philippines that takes a pretty gruesome situation and enriches its presentation with lots of human detail. show more

  • 70
    The Hollywood Reporter

    Matti and Yamamoto aren't reinventing any wheels here, and many of the dialogue scenes operate on a functionally prosaic level. On the Job takes off into a different stratosphere, however, when the emphasis is on visuals and movement. show more

  • 75
    Liam Lacey The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

    On the Job feels marinated in hardscrabble reality. Action scenes throughout are unnervingly frenetic, with the tension amplified by the sheer density of the crowds. show more

  • 63
    Farran Smith Nehme New York Post

    The firefights and chase scenes, no matter how much they adhere to genre, seem more real than the people trapped in the corruption. show more

  • 63
    Andrew Schenker Slant Magazine

    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. show more

  • 70
    Scott Tobias The Dissolve

    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. show more

  • 67
    Gabe Toro The Playlist

    The workmanlike precision of On the Job carries through to its action scenes, none of which are shot with any flash or style, but are edited with a propulsive pace and performed by a watchable cast enough to make them engaging. show more

  • 80
    Inkoo Kang Los Angeles Times

    The film is as heartbreaking as it is heart-stopping. show more

  • 80
    Jeannette Catsoulis The New York Times

    Even at its most incomprehensible, the propulsive thriller On the Job is never less than arresting. show more

  • 70
    Pete Vonder Haar Village Voice

    Matti sets a brisk pace, utilizing the squalor and desperation of Manila's slums and prisons as well as powerful, against-type performances by Torre and Pascual to give us a familiar yet engaging thriller (with more than a few surprises). show more

  • December 27, 2013 atdonces
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    Mongo see movie. Mongo like movie.

  • September 29, 2013 DallasLasVegas
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    A sub-titled movie based on corruption in the Phillipines. I wonder who cares? A long two hour movie of reading sub titles. Some action, some drama and not a happy ending. Maybe it is about the art?

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