Verdict: Value for Money

Pinoy Rebyu Score: 3.37 (15 ratings)

Genre: Drama, Comedy

Writer/Director: Emerson Reyes

Cast: Allan Paule, Joy Viado, Gardo Versoza, Loue Veloso, Sherry Lara, Ramon Bautista, Rener Concepcion, Catherine Cornell, Che Ramos, Earl Ignacio, Perry Dizon, Sheen Gener, Chris Pasturan, Max Celada, Patricia Festejo

Synopsis: On a commuter’s trip from Manila’s business district to the suburbs, the director finds a myriad of possibilities, ranging from miniature ironic situations to a love story that is finally finding its unexpected closing. An emotional rollercoaster ride of despair, dreams and desire, MNL 143 is also a black comedy about limited private spaces in conflict with sprawling public realms.

Running Time: 75 mins.

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Reviews:

5.0      Christelle Delvo (Tinig ng Plaridel)

“Paule and Viado’s tandem, despite their debated chemistry, exhibit the purest of love – a love that has aged and drifted, and that is continually sought and never surrendered.” (Read full review)

4.5      Carl Joseph Papa (Whatever, Carl)

MNL 143 is an exciting, comic, touching film with a BRILLIANT cast.”  (Read full review)

4.0      Oggs Cruz (Twitch)

MNL 143 is courageous in a way that it abandons traditional storytelling, allowing only the fragile mood of Ramil’s quixotic quest to resurrect a romance to thread things together.” (Read full review)

4.0      Dodo Dayao (Piling Piling Pelikula)

“The nonchalance that makes MNL 143 so breezy, so amiable, is really this casual, perhaps even endemic, optimism we conduct our lives with, the passive belief that everything will turn out OK and even if it doesn’t, well, that’s OK, too.” (Read full review)

4.0      Ria Limjap (Spot.ph)

“Funny, sad, and tragic in a very routine and miniscule sort of way, MNL 143 views the city with hope, always filled with the random possibility of finding someone you thought forever lost.” (Read full review)

4.0      Don Jaucian (Philippine Star)

“These are all parts that make up the city’s existential sweep, something that Emerson Reyes’s MNL 143 approximates within the codes of a road film. The result is a bittersweet love letter to a city that sizzles with the delight of a three-year-old, and the anxiety of the entire university belt.” (Read full review)

4.0      Macky Macarayan (Death of Traditional Cinema)

“All throughout the film, you can feel Reyes’s love for the urban landscape on which he’s a part of, an undeniable ode to the hustle and bustle of everyday Metro Manila setting.” (Read full review)

3.5       Zig Marasigan (Lagarista)

“Despite the controversy, there is nothing blatantly controversial about MNL 143. It is a small film, emboldened by its ability to entertain, delight and to move.” (Read full review)

3.0       Philbert Dy (Click the City)

“It’s a sometimes-lovely film that suffers from a lack of urgency. It can be pleasant ride, but it isn’t always interesting.” (Read full review)

3.0      Mikhail Lecaros (GMA News)

MNL 143 left this reviewer somewhat wanting, but it certainly has enough charm, wit and genuine laughs in its good parts to make up for the ones that don’t.” (Read full review)

2.5      Skilty Labastilla (Young Critics Circle)

“Reyes could not resist going back to his comfort zone of capturing realistic conversations within a confined space. But his decision to do this by focusing on passenger sketches that have nothing to do with the main storyline (save for some few hints on not giving up on love) instead of further building audience empathy for Ramil, leaves the viewer uninvested in Ramil’s quest.” (Read full review)

2.5       Cathy Peña (Make Me Blush)

“Allan Paule packs an insightful wallop as the regretful Ramil. Unfortunately, his chemistry with Joy Viado is awkward.” (Read full review)

2.5       Lyndon Maburaot (Table Stretcher)

MNL 143 could have been a smoother ride had Reyes been more careful in selecting the commuters he takes in his FX. As is, the composite is so generic that we can take another FX with another set of commuters and the effect of the former lovers’ reunion would still be the same, reducing the role of the commuter – us, hey we ride along with them to Fairview! – as just that, decorations.” (Read full review)

2.5       Stephanie Mayo (Films and Events Check)

“Ramil lacks the personality and onscreen presence. The colorful passengers overpower him. He is probably the most boring protagonist in a movie that I have ever seen.” (Read full review)

1.5        Richard Bolisay (Lilok Pelikula)

“The disappointment is purely based on the weakness of its storytelling: the movie is unable to build a strong emotional core and falls into the trap of mistaking simplicity for emptiness.” (Read full review)