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  • Summary: Meet the last of the professional mourners of Manila's Chinatown. These are the crying ladies - three women who decide to accept a part-time job to be the professional mourners for a traditional Chinese funeral for the late George Washington Chua. A heartwarming comedy, Crying Ladies sheds light on the struggles and little dreams of ordinary people living in the back streets of Chinatown. (Unitel Films) Expand
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  1. Positive: 2 out of 6
  2. Negative: 0 out of 6
  1. Its most winning attribute is a kind of sloppy, unassuming friendliness, a likability aptly reflected in its characters.
  2. High-spirited and good-natured, Crying Ladies never loses touch with reality.
  3. Best appreciated for the winning performances of its trio of stars, who convey their characters' desperation with humor and poignancy.
  4. 50
    The nonstop jumping around undercuts Meily's momentum, especially in the film's overly languorous final third. Still, there's a refreshing optimism fueling his take on working-class life, as if Meily views friendship and neighborly generosity as currencies equal to cold, hard cash.
  5. 50
    Sentimental and predictable, Meily's sweet-natured feature-film debut was hugely popular in the Philippines; its day-to-day details will be exotic to non-Filipino audiences but the characters' dilemmas are couched in the universal language of sitcom complications and fortuitous resolutions.
  6. 50
    There aren't many surprises as the story unfolds in soap-opera fashion, with a happy ending for all concerned.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 15
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 15
  3. Negative: 4 out of 15