Verdict: Proceed with Caution

Pinoy Rebyu Score: 2.30 (10 ratings)

Genre: Drama

Writer/Director: Jerry Lopez Sineneng

Cast: Julia Montes, Kathryn Bernardo, Agot Isidro, Enrique Gil, Sam Concepcion, Tonton Gutierrez, Lotlot de Leon

Synopsis: Years ago, sisters Jessica and Joanna (Julia Montes and Kathryn Bernardo) were watching turtles on the beach, when the two are accidentally separated. Joanna wanders off, and her family is unable to locate her. Twelve years later, their mother (Agot Isidro) has been unable to move on, while Jessica has come to resent the distance that’s grown between them. Joanna, meanwhile, has been living a simple life in Zambales, knowing nothing about her true identity. That is, until, she runs into her family at a swim meet. Joanna is brought home to a family she’s never known, and Jessica struggles with the attention being showered on her newfound sister. (From Philbert Dy’s review)

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Reviews:

3.5          Abby Mendoza (PEP)

“Aside from offering a universal theme, another winning element of Way Back Home is its cast. The plot and the screenplay could have turned out too familiar and clichéd, but the cast, both lead and supporting, delivered a convincing performance. Fortunately, they blended together even while depicting broken family ties.” (Read full review)

3.0         Forg Files

“Script nuisances aside, Way Back Home is a solid light family drama plus it’s rare to have a local mainstream movie these days that isn’t about a romance, horror or comedy so Way Back Home is a welcome change of pace.” (Read full review)

2.5          Nicol Latayan (Back to the Frying Pan)

“For what its worth, I enjoyed the film though as it strayed away from the usual tween shit stuff and used the family aspect card more.” (Read full review)

2.0          Philbert Dy (Click the City)

Way Back Home really miscalculates in portraying the trouble between the sisters. It seems to expect the audience to feel sympathy for a completely unreasonable character. Rather than take the time to help the audience connect with that character, the film instead swells the music and lets the crocodile tears flow.” (Read full review)

2.0          Rito Asilo (Philippine Daily Inquirer)

“The film tries so hard to ‘pluck’ at viewers’ heartstrings that it eventually ends up alienating moviegoers who crave for more insights after all that schmaltz. For ‘fans’ and viewers who are looking for a good excuse to cry, however, the movie won’t disappoint.” (Read full review)

2.0          Cathy Peña (Make Me Blush)

“There is meretricious theatricality on display and you can’t escape the narrative maneuverings designed to inspire some old-school whimpering.” (Read full review)

2.0          Ria Limjap (Spot.ph)

“The worst part about Way Back Home is not its super predictable plot—so predictable we already know about the happy ending where everyone will kiss and make up—it’s that it looks like a television soap opera, and not the good kind.” (Read full review)

1.5           Carl Papa (Whatever, Carl)

“First, it was woodenly acted.  Second, I think that the feud between the two sisters is preposterous.  Third, the characters are just hateful.  Especially the bitchy sister.  There barely was a character development, she was just plain atrocious.” (Read full review)

Capsules:

2.5          Arsenio Tan Liao (Member, Cinephiles)

“Trademark of a manipulative Star Cinema vehicle that might annoy your lachrymal glands. The conventions of a melodrama were placed intact but not necessarily in the right places. Not really a good stuff worth holding on and worth bringing home.”

2.0          Json Javier (Member, Cinephiles)

“Earnest, cliched, and manipulative.”