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Smaller and Smaller Circles

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Philippines

2017

1h 51m

Director Raya Martin

Starring Nonie Buencamino, Sid Lucero, Bembol Roco, Madeleine Humphries

Genre Crime, Thriller

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A serial killer in Payatas leaves the bodies of young boys in the dump as two Jesuit priests try to solve the murders.

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Film Threat by

The broad shape of the ending is predictable; by the time you get to it, you could probably write the final confrontation yourself. This a likable, well-intentioned movie, but those qualities don’t take it far enough.
40

Los Angeles Times by Carlos Aguilar

Despite Smaller and Smaller Circles being visually proficient, stagy performances fueled by formulaic dialogue do little to steer the film’s narrative.
50

Movie Nation by Roger Moore

I wouldn’t mind seeing these characters again (Batacam penned a sequel, I hear), because the bare bones of a First Gen crime thriller are here. It’s just that everybody involved needs more practice in the genre to get it right.
40

Screen Daily by Wendy Ide

Soapy in style and luridly exploitative in its approach to violence, Smaller And Smaller Circles is perhaps not sophisticated enough to appeal to fans of the crime genre outside of the domestic market.