American Adobo

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Metascore
30

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  • Summary: In New York City, over the course of one year, five Filipino-American friends share dinners, experiences, friendship, and romance.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 10
  2. Negative: 6 out of 10
  1. Reviewed by: Wendy Lee
    50
    Adobo doesn't exoticize the culture so much as leaven it with a sense of ordinariness.
  2. An intimate, good-humored ethnic comedy like numerous others but cuts deeper than expected.
  3. Tries to cram too many ingredients into one small pot.
  4. Offers traditional cinematic gab about marital status, sexual orientation, nationality and degree of fulfillment.
  5. 30
    Though clearly well-intentioned, this cross-cultural soap opera is painfully formulaic and stilted.
  6. As the film loses its grip on its multiple stories, the title begins to suggest an overheated stew bubbling out of its pot. By the end of the film, the intersecting dramas and histrionic performances have spilled all over the floor, so to speak.
  7. 20
    The film's failings are only highlighted by the fact that while, occasionally, we're granted real glimpses of interior lives, largely emanating from de Leon, Davao and Picache, those lives are never given the chance to take shape.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 3
  2. Negative: 0 out of 3