One More Try

One More Try Official PosterVerdict: Proceed with Caution

Pinoy Rebyu Score: 2.50 (18 ratings)

Genre: Drama

Director: Ruel S. Bayani

Writers: Anna Karenina Ramos, Kriz Gazmen, Jay Fernando

Cast: Angel Locsin, Dingdong Dantes, Angelica Panganiban, Zanjoe Marudo, Carmina Villaroel, Agot Isidro, Gina Pareño

Synopsis: Years ago, Grace (Locsin) and Edward (Dantes) had a tryst. Due to various circumstances, the two did not pursue a relationship. Unbeknownst to Edward, that night with Grace produced a child. In present day, Edward is married to his longtime girlfriend Jacqueline (Panganiban). Grace’s kid is five years old, and suffering from severe aplastic anemia. He needs a bone marrow transplant to survive, but they haven’t found a match. Grace goes to Edward, revealing the child’s existence, hoping that he’d be a match. When it turns out he isn’t, the two are forced to consider something quite drastic: to have another child together in order to produce a donor. (Click the City)

MTRCB Rating: R-13

Running time: 100 mins



3.5         Nicol Latayan (Tit for Tat)

“I’m not keen about the highly dramatic third act and the predictable ending. It’s just lazy. Giving characters closure does not always have to be happy or peaceful. But for the most part, I was hooked and contented with what I saw.” (Read full review)

3.5         Reel Advice

“While the film had a tendency to resolve conflicts with shouting, cursing and crying, the morality of the character’s actions and the choices they make will make you think hard and think deep.” (Read full review)

3.5         Jen Tuazon (Kristn)

“Great performances by its leads gave One More Try a lot of heart.” (Read full review)

3.0         Rito Asilo (Philippine Daily Inquirer)

“Ruel Bayani’s provocative One More Try is occasionally hobbled by an overlay of melodrama, but the finely nuanced performances turned in by Angel Locsin and Angelica Panganiban help the movie effectively play out its polarizing conflict and the moral questions it raises.”

3.0         Trisha Descallar (Katipunan)

“Large plot holes prevent the more discerning viewer from enjoying the film. Given a willing suspension of disbelief, though, One More Try is engaging enough.” (Read full review)

3.0         Mark Angelo Ching (PEP)

One More Try featured four credible actors in a controversial story that tackles tough ethical issues. You’d wish it had more bite, though.” (Read full review)

2.5         Rianne Hill Soriano (Business World Online)

“For a story that, while unoriginal, could have had so much potential, One More Try falls short of delivering anything remarkable in an effort to please the crowd.” (Read full review)

2.5         Katrina Stuart Santiago (GMA News)

“It is humanity that (Locsin) lends to Grace. Womanhood beyond body and sex, without romance, and it is a worthy contemporary portrayal of Pinay that is a joy to watch.” (Read full review)

2.5         Carljoe Javier (Rappler)

“There are things to like about it for sure: good performances, some good writing, some ideas. I just wish that it had been brave enough to explore darker possibilities, had had the guts to try and be realistic and try and say something true.” (Read full review)

2.5         Ivan Thoughts

“While the establishment of One More Try‘s scenario is quite provocative, the film, as it goes along, transitions from interesting to slightly plausible to idiotically preposterous.” (Read full review)

2.5         Kikko Kalabud (Hot for Movies)

“The second half felt too synthetic. It coerces the impression that it should, at all costs, have a happy ending. And that hurt the storyline.” (Read full review)

2.5         Cinerama Etcetera

“My problem with the movie is that it expects people to simply swallow all that drivel about the selflessness of a mother’s love when it was in fact, in that situation, it was being depicted as a selfish form of love with no regard to its impact on other people.” (Read full review)

2.5         The Guy with a Blog

“”The dilemma had so much promise for great acting, and the three leads fell short of what could have been a memorable film. It really did leave you feeling one thing: bitin.” (Read full review)

2.0         Philbert Dy (Click the City)

“The film doesn’t really seem all that interested in the story’s inherent drama, and augments it with the artificial drama of mainstream formula.” (Read full review)

2.0         Jessica Zafra (InterAksyon)

“This is not a fight to save a sick child; this is a battle over Dingdong’s dingdong. It is a teleserye with the volume turned up.” (Read full review)

2.0         Bum-Spot

“What is distracting is the need for the film to always show the characters at the verge of tears even when there is no need for it.” (Read full review)

1.5         Mario Bautista (Showbiz Portal)

“Loud, overwritten, everything articulated and revealed, complete with much screaming, slapping and a violent catfight.” (Read full review)

1.0         Tessa Maria Guazon (Young Critics Circle)

One More Try attempts to revive the formula of beleaguered love by imbuing it moral choice. It failed disastrously.” (Read full review)


4 thoughts on “One More Try

  1. One More Try’s working title was In Love We Trust. It was in their press releases back in April. There you have it! it is already a given!

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