The Debut

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60

Mixed or average reviews - based on 14 Critics What's this?

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8.4

Universal acclaim- based on 28 Ratings

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  • Summary: A young Filipino American's dreams of becoming an animator are in conflict with those of his immigrant father, who is intent on seeing him become a doctor.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 14
  2. Negative: 0 out of 14
  1. The cast is uniformly excellent; all involved seem keyed into the subtextual subtleties of a story that, while simple on the surface, is exceedingly rich underneath.
  2. Illuminating as it is entertaining.
  3. Delightful coming-of-age film that becomes universal by way of its subject matter.
  4. It is also, despite the all-too-rare focus on the Filipino American community, a creakily familiar take on an age-old family dynamic.
  5. 60
    Has a sweet low-budget quality that sometimes slips into TV-movie schmaltz.
  6. A melodramatic yarn that transcends some of its technical and storytelling flaws through the cheery energy and sincerity of its cast.
  7. 40
    A hackneyed coming-of-age drama.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 23
  2. Negative: 0 out of 23
  1. TriaF.
    Mar 16, 2003
    10
    This is not just an ordinary Filipino film, but an introduction for the Philippines unity with America's entertainment bounderies. This This is not just an ordinary Filipino film, but an introduction for the Philippines unity with America's entertainment bounderies. This film brought warmth to American's perspective of the Filipino culture. An excellent example for an average Filipino lifestyle back home. Perfect movie for the family and friends. A UNIVERSAL A++++ Expand
  2. TriaF.
    Mar 16, 2003
    10
    This is not just an ordinary Filipino film, but an introduction for the Philippines unity with America's entertainment bounderies. This This is not just an ordinary Filipino film, but an introduction for the Philippines unity with America's entertainment bounderies. This film brought warmth to American's perspective of the Filipino culture. An excellent example for an average Filipino lifestyle back home. Perfect movie for the family and friends. A UNIVERSAL A++++ Expand
  3. TriaF.
    Mar 16, 2003
    10
    This is not just an ordinary Filipino film, but an introduction for the Philippines unity with America's entertainment bounderies. This This is not just an ordinary Filipino film, but an introduction for the Philippines unity with America's entertainment bounderies. This film brought warmth to American's perspective of the Filipino culture. An excellent example for an average Filipino lifestyle back home. Perfect movie for the family and friends. A UNIVERSAL A++++ Expand

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