• Released
  • September 27, 2013
  • (Limited)
  • NR , 2 hr 0 min
  • Action/Adventure
    Suspense/Thriller
80

The New York Times

By Jeannette Catsoulis
Even at its most incomprehensible, the propulsive thriller On the Job is never less than arresting.
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80

Los Angeles Times

By Inkoo Kang
The film is as heartbreaking as it is heart-stopping.
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75

The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

By Liam Lacey
On the Job feels marinated in hardscrabble reality. Action scenes throughout are unnervingly frenetic, with the tension amplified by the sheer density of the crowds.
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75

San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
A sturdy and sophisticated crime drama from the Philippines that takes a pretty gruesome situation and enriches its presentation with lots of human detail.
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70

The Hollywood Reporter

Matti and Yamamoto aren't reinventing any wheels here, and many of the dialogue scenes operate on a functionally prosaic level. On the Job takes off into a different stratosphere, however, when the emphasis is on visuals and movement.
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70

The Dissolve

By Scott Tobias
Matti’s primary order of business is regularly serving up tense, stylish action sequences, and he proves more adept choreographing those than sorting out the convolutions of his parallel plotlines.
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70

Village Voice

By Pete Vonder Haar
Matti sets a brisk pace, utilizing the squalor and desperation of Manila's slums and prisons as well as powerful, against-type performances by Torre and Pascual to give us a familiar yet engaging thriller (with more than a few surprises).
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67

The Playlist

By Gabe Toro
The workmanlike precision of On the Job carries through to its action scenes, none of which are shot with any flash or style, but are edited with a propulsive pace and performed by a watchable cast enough to make them engaging.
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67

The A.V. Club

By Ignatiy Vishnevetsky
It’s a provocative premise, and one that manages to go beyond the usual themes of the crime genre. Too bad, then, it’s forced to share screen time with a humdrum and occasionally heavy-handed police procedural.
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63

New York Post

By Farran Smith Nehme
The firefights and chase scenes, no matter how much they adhere to genre, seem more real than the people trapped in the corruption.
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70 out of 100
Generally favorable reviews
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