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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. As a personality study Imelda is a devastating portrait of how power begets self-delusion. It must be said, however, that through it all Mrs. Marcos exudes considerable charm and even a flickering sense of humor.
  6. 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.
  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