Metascore
70

Generally favorable reviews - based on 11 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 11
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 11
  3. Negative: 0 out of 11
  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: Mick LaSalle
    Sep 26, 2013
    75
    A sturdy and sophisticated crime drama from the Philippines that takes a pretty gruesome situation and enriches its presentation with lots of human detail.
  5. Reviewed by: Neil Young
    Sep 27, 2013
    70
    Matti and Yamamoto aren't reinventing any wheels here, and many of the dialogue scenes operate on a functionally prosaic level. On the Job takes off into a different stratosphere, however, when the emphasis is on visuals and movement.
  6. Reviewed by: Scott Tobias
    Sep 25, 2013
    70
    Matti’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.
  7. 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).
  8. 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.
  9. Reviewed by: Ignatiy Vishnevetsky
    Sep 25, 2013
    67
    It’s a provocative premise, and one that manages to go beyond the usual themes of the crime genre. Too bad, then, it’s forced to share screen time with a humdrum and occasionally heavy-handed police procedural.
  10. Reviewed by: Farran Smith Nehme
    Sep 30, 2013
    63
    The firefights and chase scenes, no matter how much they adhere to genre, seem more real than the people trapped in the corruption.
  11. 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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