"…most of the films in the Cinemalaya competition are really good. But Mangatyanan excels from the rest of the films in competition."
"Masalimuot at hindi komersyal ang tema ng pelikula, pero dahil mahusay na direktor si Jerrold ay hahanga ka sa kanyang produkto."
"Mangatyanan is still quite the achievement, a work that cements Tarog’s place as one of the country’s most promising young filmmakers, exhibiting a level of proficiency in almost all aspects of the craft that can hardly be found among the country’s more seasoned directors."
"…a microcosm of the crumbling contemporary Philippine society."
"…undoubtedly masterfully made, with each minute of the film crafted with the meticulousness that one can normally expect from an experienced filmmaker."
"…a tour de force of mood and emotion, its techniques and sensibility feel very organic, evoked from the scene at hand…"