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  • Summary: A Filipino crime thriller inspired by a real-life scandal in which convicts were temporarily released from prison to work as assassins on behalf of politicians and high ranking military officials.
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  1. Reviewed by: Jeannette Catsoulis
    Sep 26, 2013
    80
    Even at its most incomprehensible, the propulsive thriller On the Job is never less than arresting.
  2. Reviewed by: Inkoo Kang
    Sep 26, 2013
    80
    The film is as heartbreaking as it is heart-stopping.
  3. Reviewed by: Liam Lacey
    Sep 27, 2013
    75
    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.
  4. Reviewed by: Pete Vonder Haar
    Sep 24, 2013
    70
    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).
  5. Reviewed by: Scott Tobias
    Sep 25, 2013
    70
    Mattiā€™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.
  6. Reviewed by: Gabe Toro
    Sep 27, 2013
    67
    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.
  7. Reviewed by: Andrew Schenker
    Sep 23, 2013
    63
    A nose-to-the-ground crime thriller that also doubles as a wide-ranging portrait of official corruption in the Philippines, On the Job has little trouble delivering the genre goods.

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