Verdict: Proceed with Caution

Pinoy Rebyu Score: 2.17 (15 ratings)

Writer/Director: Joseph Israel Laban

Genre: Drama, Suspense

Cast: Maria Isabel Lopez, Simon Ibarra, CJ Ramos, Paolo Rivero, Jon Neri, Sue Prado, Isadora, Kimmy Maclang

Synopsis: Cuchera centers on Isabel, who is based on one actual Filipina drug mule who was caught with capsules of heroin lodged in her vagina and abdomen and rectum, and follows her attempts to run her own drug transshipment operation. (From Lagarista)






4.5        Lyndon Maburaot (Cinephiles)

“But more than the relentless provocation, it is the intelligent narration that holds us nodding. Aside from starting it at the right dot, it doesn’t let us loose once it grabs our attention. And amid in-your-face dramatization of an account, it knows what events to leave out.” (Read full review)

4.0       Manuel Pangaruy (IndioCine)

“Gusto ko ‘yung pakonti-konting ipinapakilala ang mga karakter at sa parteng gitna mo lang mafi-figure out kung ano ang nangyayari. Hindi man sold sa akin ang aktingan dito, gusto ko ‘yung warning na gustong ipahatid nito. Kamukha ng Serbis, hindi ito meant to be liked.” (Read full review)

3.5        Oggs Cruz (Twitch)

“From the film’s first few images, it becomes clear that Laban is not interested in subtlety, and probably rightly so. The intentions of the film seem better communicated through shock and noise than lyricism and nuance.” (Read full review)

2.0        Philbert Dy (Click the City)

“The film’s commitment to realism is admirable, but the film largely leads nowhere. It’s reminiscent of a Brillante Mendoza film, minus the sense of irony and the personal character journeys. The film is intent on simply documenting a horrific process, piling on one terrible thing after another without raising the tension or developing any real dramatic threads.” (Read full review)

1.5        Richard Bolisay (Lilok Pelikula)

“Hovering over the movie is a nagging sense of legitimacy, which is a little conceited in suggesting that any appalling piece of news translates well into film, that whatever detail misinterpreted in between is unintentional, and being informed and sharing it with other people expresses concern, deliberately mistaking expression for actual help.” (Read full review)

1.5        Carl Papa (Whatever, Carl)

“I dug the mood of the film, I think that it was perfectly set up.  But I think that the score was a bit messy and was ill placed at times.  The acting, other than Sue Prado’s I think were ranging from mediocre to OK.” (Read full review)

1.0        Noli Manaig (Closely Watched Frames)

“Perhaps it is a contradiction in terms to demand that the transgressive be couched in artistry and be elevated from rawness. But there seems a flagrant intent to shock and scandalize here with little of its own perspective and thought going into it.” (Read full review)

1.0        Mario Bautista (Showbiz Portal)

“The problem is there is no single sympathetic character in the movie. Most of them are either dumb or stupid or, even worse, repulsive…” (Read full review)


4.0        Nico Quejano (Cinephiles)

“This movie made Kinatay a romantic comedy. Squirm.”

3.0       Fidel Medel (Pixelated Popcorn)

Cuchera is stressful to watch. Disgusting and shocking.”

2.0      Eduardo Dayao (Piling Piling Pelikula)

“Sloppy directing, often horrible dialogue, bad acting. The gruesomeness was refreshing for a Cinemalaya film and I will probably never eat okra the same way again but I pinned my hopes on this to be a sleeper but I’m sorry, it isn’t.”

1.5       Sanriel Ajero (Another Sani Day)


1.0      Arsenio Tan Liao (Cinephiles)

“I felt cheated and taken for a ride!”

1.0      Mayk Juat (Cinephiles)

“Shock and awe all throughout.”

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