Maria Leonora Teresa

maria-leonora-teresa-posterVerdict: Do Something Else

Pinoy Rebyu Score: 1.78 (7 ratings)

Genre: Horror, Comedy

Director: Wenn Deramas

Writer: Keiko Aquino

Cast: Iza Calzado, Jodi Sta. Maria, Zanjoe Marudo

Synopsis: The film focuses on the troubles of three characters. Julio (Zanjoe Marudo), Faith (Iza Calzado) and Stella (Jodi Sta. Maria) all lost their daughters in a freak bus accident. The three are all grieving deeply for their loss, when a man shows up at each of their doorsteps. He claims to be a psychologist in experimental treatments, and he offers them his latest experiment. They each receive the gift of life-sized talking dolls designed to look and sound like their daughters. And for a while, having the dolls around does seem to ease their suffering, but it soon becomes clear that there is something more sinister and dangerous at play. People in their lives begin dying, and it appears that the dolls are somehow part of all this misfortune. (Click the City)

MTRCB rating: R-13

Running time: 110 mins



3.0         Oggs Cruz (Rappler)

Maria Leonora Teresa is your standard horror film. It is sometimes funny, sometimes scary, but never uninteresting.” (Read full review)


Maria Leonora Teresa started with a bang but ended in a dud. I wished whatever momentum and energy the film had was sustained until the every end.” (Read full review)


“Sure, there are a lot of moments throughout the movie that will make the audience squirm in their seats or jump out of it, but those are done as if ticking off items in a checklist. Is the victim alone? Check. Did the lights suddenly go out? Check. Is the attack coming from behind? Check.” (Read full review)

1.5         Philbert Dy (Click the City)

“The film seems to severely misunderstand what exactly makes these dolls so scary. As a result, scenes that are meant to be terrifying mostly end up looking pretty silly, the movie trying in vain to sell the threat of a four-foot entity wielding a knife.” (Read full review)

1.5         Rito Asilo (Philippine Daily Inquirer)

“The film is more of a hodgepodge of flimsy, half-baked stories than fully realized tales that ooze with danger and cautionary pertinence. In fact, the movie is more vexingly funny than scary.” (Read full review)

1.5         Mario Bautista (Showbiz Portal)

“Despite the absurdity and being weighed down by its own silliness, the audience laps it up and it succeeds in being a crowd pleaser to those who go for this kind of mindless horror train ride.” (Read full review)

1.0         Armando dela Cruz (Film Police)

Maria Leonora Teresa makes a completely mangled case; from the ramshackle writing to the paper-thin characterization…It plays out, ultimately, like an exploitation of the director’s best work.” (Read full review)

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