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  • Summary: This documentary explores the complex persona of former Philippine First Lady Imelda Marcos, her rise to power and fall from grace. (Unitel Pictures International)
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 18
  2. Negative: 0 out of 18
  1. 88
    Throughout, Mrs. Marcos comes across as an elitist, insulated against real life by wealth and power -- yet one who truly believes she is misunderstood and has done nothing wrong.
  2. Reviewed by: Pete Vonder Haar
    80
    Eminently successful at portraying the former first lady's flaws because it allows her to describe them herself.
  3. Reviewed by: Allison Benedikt
    75
    When a filmmaker can get Imelda Marcos, once one of the 10 richest women in the world, to pull out a Sharpie and draw a Pac-Man, she's alright by me.
  4. But even though Marcos, in this film, provides enough material for a few hundred giggles and head-shakings, she also shows a pathetically human side.
  5. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    70
    When she's not babbling about the weird symbological system that rules her personal cosmos Imelda is an entertaining storyteller, vividly describing a life that became a national embarrassment and a camp legend.
  6. 70
    For the fascinating character study Imelda, Ramona S. Diaz was given a month's access to the former first lady, who supplies so many bizarre equivocations that it's hard to tell whether her actions were malicious or merely delusional.
  7. 50
    Entertaining as it is, Imelda seems all too willing to take her at her word.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 7
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 7
  3. Negative: 1 out of 7