Ouch ouch. “There will be critics who fancy themselves theoreticians, who will defend this unbearable experience, and lecture those plebians like me who missed the whole Idea. I will remain serene while my ignorance is excoriated. I am a human being with relatively reasonable tastes. And in that role, not in the role of film critic, I declare that there may not be ten people in the world who will buy a ticket to this movie and feel the money was well spent.”
The full demolition job here.
The UK Telegraph's Sukhdev Sandhu is supportive:
“'Kinatay'... is infinitely darker but an equally strong depiction of modern-day life in the former American colony that some are comparing to Gasper Noe's 'Irreversible'... Mendoza is no gore-hound. He's more serious than Noe. This is a fiercely moral and horribly unforgettable denunciation of societal corruption.”
While Maggie Lee of The Hollywood Reporter is more of two minds than outraged:
“This full-on experience of forced voyeurism is certain to incite strong (most probably offended) responses. The deliberately rough-hewn art direction adds to the blunt force of Mendoza's moral outrage, but it won't help 'Kinatay'... make a killing in theatrical business. [Its] sketchy slice of crime world nastiness can be found anywhere. This makes it a hard sell even to art houses, as their target audience often looks for stronger cultural flavor.”
Thor Bee has a review round-up here.