Metascore
64

Generally favorable reviews - based on 17 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 17
  2. Negative: 1 out of 17
  1. 89
    Cavite isn't a horror film, per se – its nightmarish sense of unreality is thoroughly grounded in the geopolitical here and now – but the emotions it conjures from the audience can be traced straight back to Shockers 101.
  2. A breakneck inner-city odyssey of jump-cut shaky-cam suspense.
  3. It's all something of a stunt - "Speed" on a shoestring - but very well done.
  4. Reviewed by: Rachel Morgan
    80
    A thoughtful and skillfully developed story and a true Independent film.
  5. 80
    Cavite is such a shrewd melding of form and content that any seeming contradictions and shortcomings end up working to the film's advantage.
  6. This is by no means a polished film. But it has an energy lacking in thrillers that cost hundreds times more to make. It should be viewed as a calling card from gifted and resourceful filmmakers whom I hope some Hollywood producer will have the sense to sign up immediately.
  7. 75
    It's easy to envision the big-budget remake, but hard to imagine a mainstream American production capturing the original's sour, sweaty immediacy.
  8. Reviewed by: Staff (Not credited)
    70
    As you stagger out of the theater after 78 breathless minutes of Gamazon and Dela Llana's electrifying location shooting and disquieting insights into Christian-Islamic tensions, you may well feel that your eyes have been opened too.
  9. 70
    A dark, riveting thriller.
  10. A textbook example of seat-of-the-pants guerrilla filmmaking.
  11. Reviewed by: Robert Koehler
    70
    For a guerrilla-style, no-budget Yank indie to even tackle issues of jihad terror and naive Western thinking is noteworthy in itself, but Gamazon and Dela Llana inflame the issues with a gutsy, athletic filmmaking package that shows what can be done with a minimum of tools.
  12. Reviewed by: Kyle Smith
    63
    There is more style here than story, but the style - slashing cuts delivered in queasy orange sunstroke tones, accompanied by the urgent bleat of the cellphone - is considerable.
  13. The hand-held camera work gives the film an effective documentary pulse, but it adds up to only half a movie.
  14. Reviewed by: David Edelstein
    50
    It's not a particularly complex (or pleasant) film, but along the way you get a glimpse of the kinds of neighborhoods that give birth to anti-Western fanatics.
  15. Though the movie, made for $7,000, can claim the romantic mantle of "guerrilla filmmaking," its herky-jerky camcorder style, jump-cut editing and sustained takes soon wear out their welcome. And dramatically, it's not always convincing.
  16. 25
    The only rational explanation for how an abysmal no-budget film like Cavite could get released theatrically is that its makers, co-writer/directors Ian Gamazon and Neill Dela Llana, have come up with a from-the-headlines hook too big to deny.
User Score
7.7

Generally favorable reviews- based on 9 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 8
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 8
  3. Negative: 1 out of 8
  1. Bex
    Aug 6, 2006
    9
    Excellent story-telling and editing. The movie also gives you a real feel for the not-so-pretty side of the Philippines is like.
  2. AgentCB
    Jul 13, 2006
    9
    stunning visuals of true life in the philippines. i'd give it a 10 but i got nauseous because of the handycams.
  3. KateyN.
    May 29, 2006
    9
    for what it cost to make, the pleasure/budget ratio is better than most summer movies so far.