Verdict: Value for Money

Pinoy Rebyu Score: 3.14 (7 ratings)

Genre: Drama

Writer/Director: Milo Tolentino

Cast: Axl Aeiou Samson, Russel Abulad, Allen Dimaunahan, Ian Galliguez, Sigrid Andrea Bernardo, Xyris Beatingo, Joemar Sustento, Alejandra Gloriano, Arcele Fernez

Synopsis: Toto, a very outspoken, highly opinionated eight-year-old born with a cleft lip and an open palate sets off to join his school’s Creative Declamation Competition – a contest of narrative drama and eloquence set on the very high- profiled Philippines’ National Language Week celebration. Speech impediment or not, Toto, armed with iron-clad determination and a desire to be treated like everyone else – no more, no less, takes on the challenge with the help of his lovelorn mother, an emotional bully [Badong] and a stray deaf boy [Ogoy] from his neighborhood.

Running time: 115 mins.



4.5          Forg Files

“Major kudos for finding these terrific kid actors. The adult actors also did fine, they gave great support to the kids especially Toto’s wise-cracking supportive single mom Glenda.” (Read full review)

3.0          Manuel Pangaruy (Contributor, IndioCine)

“Kumbaga sa college, graduate na ako sa ganitong leksyon: mga karapatang pambata, karampatang atensyon ng mga magulang sa kanilang mga anak, atbp. Mas exciting (muli, sa kawalan ng ibang adjective) siguro kung ‘yung mga bata naman sa upper class ang kanyang bigyan ng spotlight. For sure, meron din itong sariling problemang nasu-suppress sa kabila ng kaalwanan sa buhay.” (Read full review)

2.5          Carl Papa (Whatever, Carl)

“Despite the running time, the film was enjoyable, but I think that it could have been better if it had been tighter.” (Read full review)


4.5          Lyndon Maburaot (Member, Cinephiles)

“A sustained piece of filmmaking. I liked this as much as I didn’t like his previous full length, Si Baning, Si Maymay at ang asong Bobo. Tatak-Rommel is there throughout: the exchanges lively, the cast uniformly hilarious without even trying, the narrative progression never forced. But the best part about the film is it is able to sustain for the whole TWO HOURS the vivacity of his shorts–an achievement, I think.”

3.5          Mayk Juat (Member, Cinephiles)

“Cute, but too long. daming out of focus shots.”

2.0          Skilty Labastilla (Member, Young Critics Circle – Film Desk)

“It’s only in the last act that the film takes flight. Prior to the climax, the audience is treated to awkward dialogues and unpolished acting. Sayang, maganda pa naman ang premise.”

2.0          Sanriel Ajero (Film blogger, Another Sani Day)

“He should stick to shorts, methinks. Only liked the fact that the kid wore barong in the end. You’ll know instantly it’s Milo’s work, but I don’t mean that in a good way. Somewhere in the middle parang paulit-ulit and wala nang nangyayaring interesting. Didnt like it :-/ Pilit yung metaphors, I think. Hindi din ako natuwa.”

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