Nuwebe-Poster_0Verdict: Do Something Else

Pinoy Rebyu Score: 1.62 (8 ratings)

Genre: Drama

Writer/Director: Joseph Israel Laban

Cast: Barbara Miguel, Jake Cuenca, Nadine Samonte, Anita Linda, Manny Castañeda, Archie Adamos, Renaissance Tuason, Mikael Liwag, Isadora Villasquez, Renerich Ocon, Mariah Fernandez, Blair Arellano, Derick Cabrido

Synopsis: Inspired by the actual story of one of the youngest mothers in Philippine history, Nuwebe follows the story of Krista who at the tender age of 9 got pregnant from the sexual abuse perpetrated by her own father. What follows is a story of struggle and renewal. Krista’s story is complex. She refuses to see herself as a victim. Despite her situation, she demonstrates an incredible level of resilience and determination to overcome the trauma of her past. Her mother on the other hand is torn between her love for her child and her love for her husband.

MTRCB Rating: R-16

Running Time: 90 mins.



2.0         Rob San Miguel (Brun Magazine)

“The filmmaker simply reenacts the horrific crime by filming a narrative without conscience and  in the case of television documentaries, using abuse as a catchy subject matter to give credibility to their creators and hosts.” (Read full review)

2.0         Philbert Dy (Click the City)

“The film presents a bad situation and has all its characters talk about how bad the situation is. It’s a circular argument that risks nothing in the long run. It feels like an exercise in moralistic posturing.” (Read full review)

2.0         Renelson Morelos (Re[e]l Thoughts)

“The shortcoming of the film is rooted in how the crucial characters are written. Purportedly based on a real-life incident, the director commits the double lapse of both ‘over’-writing and ‘under’-writing reality.” (Read full review)

1.5         Jansen Musico (Pelikula Tumblr)

“The confessionals veer off the tracks Laban laid out during the film’s first half and render them useless. Instead of following through with a straightforward narrative, the storytelling is derailed and runs off with a string of tedious monologues framed as interviews.” (Read full review)

1.5         Skilty Labastilla (Young Critics Circle)

“The only workable treatment to the story of Krista, a 9-year-old raped and impregnated by her own father, is to veer away from shock tactics and melodrama as far as possible since the theme is already heavy as it is. Instead, Laban bludgeons us with the most lurid and cringe-worthy choices.” (Read full review)

1.5         Manuel Pangaruy (Tagailog Special Presents)

“Una, wala sigurong batang artista ang makakakuha ng emosyon ng isang batang nabuntis ng sariling ama sa murang edad. Ikalawa, ano ang maaaring matumbok ng pelikula, maliban sa pagkakaroon nito ng stellar cast, na hindi pa naiitawid ng docu?” (Read full review)

1.5         Nicol Latayan (Tit for Tat)

“The dialogue was cringe-worthy, and I know that I’m supposed to feel for Krista, but she left me confused and apathetic.” (Read full review)

1.0         Mario Bautista (Showbiz Portal)

“The movie is really a mess and the girl who’s supposed to be a victim is not even sympathetic.” (Read full review)

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