Verdict: Proceed with Caution

Pinoy Rebyu Score: 2.50 (8 ratings)

Genre: Drama

Writer/Director: Marilou Diaz-Abaya

Cast: Ina Feleo, Shamaine Centenera-Buencamino, Marvin Agustin, Jomari Yllana, Nonie Buencamino

Synopsis: Evangeline (Ina Feleo) spends most of her time working late, editing TV commercials. Her work doesn’t leave her much time to spend with her boyfriend Joey (Jomari Yllana) or their son. In spite of having a family, she mostly keeps to herself, enjoying her independence. But when her priest brother Johnny (Marvin Agustin) is diagnosed with cancer, she’s suddenly called on to be a possible bone marrow donor. As her dysfunctional family starts to gather around the ailing Johnny, Evangeline is forced to come face to face with her failings. (From Philbert Dy’s review)

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Reviews:

3.0          Mario Bautista (Showbiz Portal)

“The role of Vangie is difficult to do as she’s a very flawed character and were afraid Ina Feleo is not totally successfully in making her come alive as colorful flesh and blood on the big screen. She’s competent, but Vangie requires a certain kookiness and flair that Ina doesn’t have.” (Read full review)

3.0          Cathy Peña (Make Me Blush)

“We earlier had reservations with Ina Feleo, but she acquits herself tremendously as she steers her character in rich layers of nuances. She is at once tough and vulnerable, disaffiliate and forbearing, and on the whole, a luminous character that is as beautifully written as it is depicted.” (Read full review)

2.0          Philbert Dy (Click the City)

Ikaw ang Pag-Ibig just lacks most of the elements that make drama work. It’s entirely too positive, too unwilling to show the characters really wrestling with their choices. Everything is forgiven too quickly. In real life, that’s a beautiful thing, but it doesn’t make for compelling drama.” (Read full review)

2.0          Nel Costales (Sine Patrol)

Ikaw ang Pag-ibig is beautifully photographed yet at the same time cinematically repulsive. The off-putting texture of the film is not that of cinema but of high-definition television. There is a Filipino word that aptly describes the beautiful scenes: nakakaumay.” (Read full review)

2.0          Carl Papa (Whatever, Carl)

“My main problem with the film was that it was a very familiar story.  It was something that I already saw before.  I wish that they could have spun something interesting to add flavor to the story.  It was the type of story that you could see in television shows.  Nevertheless, I think that it was beautifully shot, well paced and very well acted.” (Read full review)

Capsules:

3.0          Ian Urrutia (Pinoy Cinema)

“Marilou Diaz-Abaya’s comeback film, Ikaw Ang Pag-Ibig doubles as a compelling sap about a fractured family that managed to reconcile its loose ends through acceptance and faith, and as a tribute to the Feast of Peñafrancia and its effect on human relationships. When the film orchestrates all those elements in a single package, it suddenly gets lost in its own tangle; all its potentials as a definitive family drama end up being marred by the multiple themes it tries so hard to juggle. Despite its flaws, it can’t be denied that Ikaw Ang Pag-Ibig is a well-directed, emotionally engaging gloss that almost hits home.”

3.0          Arsenio Tan Liao (Cinephiles)

“Obviously Marilou Diaz Abaya’s tribute to Our Lady of Penafrancia. Well-intentioned movie marred by a less cohesive script with characters mouthing terms of endearment in an inundated fashion. Abaya is a good director but she is not as eloquent as a storyteller.”

2.0          Json Javier (Cinephiles)

“Religious hooey. Shamaine Buencamino is brilliant as usual.”