• Release Date: Jun 9, 2004

Generally favorable reviews - based on 18 Critics

Critic 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
    Eminently successful at portraying the former first lady's flaws because it allows her to describe them herself.
  3. Reviewed by: Carina Chocano
    Diaz has said that she hopes the film asks the right questions. But it seems, in this case, that the questions are leading - and rightly so. Marcos is given all the tape she needs to hang herself.
  4. Reviewed by: Allison Benedikt
    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.
  5. Fascinating and impressively balanced documentary.
  6. She emerges as an energetic, narcissistic, and totally self-deluded woman.
  7. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    Imelda is at its most acridly useful when comparing the former first lady's recollections with others' less sanguine memories.
  8. Reviewed by: James Greenberg
    Captures a complex and contradictory world figure. Imelda is by turns humorous, insightful and infuriating.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    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.
  12. 70
    Engrossing documentary.
  13. 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.
  14. 70
    Diaz leaves us unsure about whether we should pity or revile Imelda, a woman alternately charmingly childlike, shockingly remote and, ultimately, as she stands over the waxed corpse of her husband, pathetic.
  15. There's no question she's a smart cookie, but as she herself says, "There's a thin line between smart and crazy."

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