Verdict: Value for Money

Pinoy Rebyu Score: 3.28 (23 ratings)

Genre: Drama

Writer/Director: Jose Javier Reyes

Cast:  Judy Ann Santos, Iza Calzado, Agot Isidro, Janice de Belen

Synopsis: The death of Mariel (JUDY ANN SANTOS) was met with such hurt by her three closest friends.  But it was her best friend, Carla (IZA CALZADO) that she leaves a most special gift, a box full of her diaries through the years.  Carla has been Mariel’s friend since their high school years; they have practically shared everything in their lives together.  Their two other girl friends, Sandra (AGOT ISIDRO) and Olive (JANICE DE BELEN) formed the quartet who would get together ever so often and served as a mutual support system.  Despite warnings from Sandra and Olive not to read the diaries left behind by Mariel, Carla could not help herself  to find out what was written on those volumes of handwritten materials.  True enough, what she discovered completely shattered all her perceptions and beliefs of the friendship shared by the four women through the years.  Inside those diaries were all the little secrets that the women kept from one another—all the hidden emotions, stories and comments that made their lives a sham.  Death should be a closure but it could also be a terrible beginning and realization of what was hidden by the living.

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Reviews:

5.0      Ihcahieh

“This is one of those movies that make you laugh without trying too hard, a far cry from the formulaic mainstream cinema fodder torturing us every other month.” (Read full review)

4.0      Katrina Stuart Santiago (GMA News)

“more than having a set of believable characters, what “Mga Mumunting Lihim” gives you is a set of real women, who have conversations that are fun and heartfelt, even as you know that alongside these conversations are the silenced and unsaid.” (Read full review)

4.0      Kara Santiago (Katipunan)

“The film excellently portrays an otherwise taken for granted aspect of life. Although it leaves you somewhat uneasy, making you think twice about your experiences in friendships, it quickly pulls you back to the comfort of knowing that there’s a reason behind every white lie or broken promise.” (Read full review)

4.0       Cathy Peña (Make Me Blush)

“The narrative is a roller coaster ride of emotions filled with insightful situations reflective on your own relations.” (Read full review)

4.0       Mario Bautista (Showbiz Portal)

“Vastly entertaining and both hilarious and tragic.” (Read full review)

4.0       Mark Angelo Ching (PEP)

“There is also an effort not to drown in sentimentality, unlike mainstream dramas. Scenes are more realistic, and the dialogue is written like how it would be said in real life.” (Read full review)

4.0       Allan Diones (Abante Tonite)

“Inspirado ang pagkakasulat at pagkakadirehe ni Direk Joey Reyes sa kanyang first Cinemalaya ­entry na ayon sa kanya ay isang personal film.” (Read full review)

4.0       Fidel Antonio Medel (Cinephiles)

“Vicious dialogue. A bit overblown. But thoroughly enjoyable & affecting. Great acting from the 4 leads.”

3.5        Vinny Tagle (We Talk About Movies)

“What makes this movie work is its script that realistically captures the complications that normally come even with the best of friendships.” (Read full review)

3.5         Nicol Latayan (Tit for Tat)

“I have issues with the treatment of the movie as a whole, and the sound seems to inconsistent at times. However, whatever issues you have with the film won’t bother you that much when you focus on the two greatest aspects of the movie: the writing and the acting.” (Read full review)

3.5         Ed Ramirez (Cinephiles)

“Si Juday at ang diary, parang Mara Clara lang. But kidding aside this is a modest film that leaves it’s audience satisfied enough. This is the kind of material that works well with JJR. I enjoyed the one liners, as well as the restaurant scene with Agot, Iza and Janice. Juday can act her character in her sleep. But what I liked about this film is how it revisited the pricking pains of envy, jealousy, lies, hidden truths that in reality are often left unspoken and mostly forgotten among circle of friends.”

3.5         Jay-r Trinidad (Cinephiles)

“Na-gets ko na kung bakit biglang napunta sa Cinemalaya si JJR. Mahirap ibenta sa sweet Star Cinema ang script. Pero ang sarap panoorin ang storya. Maaaring medyo exaggerated ang ibang mga sinabi at eksena (pero posible pa din naman siya sa buhay ng “ordinaryong” tao). Napakasarap ng usapan sa confrontation scene. At winner na winner si Janice de Belen. Medyo olats lang talaga yung product placement.”

3.5        Arsenio Tan Liao (Cinephiles)

“Typical of a Joey Reyes movie. Edgy and engaging. Some people would label it as a polished tearjerker. Topnotch performances by the cast, particularly Janice de Belen and Judy Ann Santos.”

3.0       Philbert Dy (Click the City)

“Overall, the movie works well enough, the emotions coming through in the end. But it’s hard to shake the sense that restraint might have served the story better.” (Read full review)

3.0        Jansen Musico (Pelikula Tumblr)

“Flaws aside, there is something about the film that is so honest. Its take on the dynamics of friendship often strikes a chord.” (Read full review)

3.0       Fred Hawson (Fred Said: Movies)

“At almost two hours in length, the sad basic story simply got pulled out too long. However, its stellar cast still makes this film worth your time.” (Read full review)

3.0       Manuel Pangaruy (Tagailog Special)

“Mukhang naitawid naman ang gustong paratingin at hindi nga lang ako masyadong nasagasaan.” (Read full review)

2.5        Dodo Dayao (Cinephiles)

“Turns out a Joey Reyes artfilm is no different (at least tonally) from a Joey Reyes mainstream film, right down to the totally inaccurate advertising agency milieu (a medium-sized ad agency, itself an endangered species these names, saddled with a name like Brainstorm Trooper is not exactly the sort that goes A List, and it wouldn’t hurt to fact-check really) while trying out a handful of indie tropes as if on a whim , from shakycam (which would’ve worked for the entire film reaslly) to the dead-person-talking-to-camera that comes out of nowhere. Having said that, there is potentially volatile material here about the benign treacheries that transpire between friends sabotaged only by the need for pat closure and a not exactly insightful or profound resolution (“everything will be allright in the end” huh?). Having said that, the dialgoue is often crisp and smart and the acting is impeccable, particularly Juday.”

2.5         Nico Quejano (Cinephiles)

“It’s hard to love this film. I wanted to tell Joey Reyes that we already have 6 seasons and 2 movies of Sex and City, we don’t need another one. Oh, and Joey Reyes, why the shaky cam? What i love about a Joey Reyes movie is the wit, which unfortunately is missing in more than half of this movie. Acting saved the movie: Juday – great in making her moments, but english does not really suit her, Agot – who fits her character like a glove, and Janice – who stole every scene without Juday. But don’t get me started with Iza’s Eye-Mo School of Crying.”

2.0      Oggs Cruz (Twitch)

Mga Mumunting Lihim is more than ready to abandon the zesty irreverence the film seamlessly developed for an unsatisfying conclusion that is bludgeoned to death by conventional good taste and safe sentimentality.” (Read full review)

2.0       Carl Joseph Papa (Whatever, Carl)

“The flashbacks are awkward and feels more like from a teleserye. Line readings and some dialogues feel weird. Apart from the lead cast, everyone else gave weak performances.” (Read full review)

1.5        Skilty Labastilla (Young Critics Circle)

“The premise of friendships unraveling as hidden feelings they harbor about each other are surfaced by a diary could have been made into an interesting film but Joey Reyes does not come up with engaging back stories that support that premise. The result is a tiring string of scenes that get too old quickly when the viewer realizes that these ‘explosive’ secrets do not ultimately mean much at all to the people involved. It’s just ironic that Iza Calzado’s character tells her advertising colleagues to revise a proposed concept because it forces emotions out of viewers. Mga Mumunting Lihim itself does just that.”