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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)
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  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. 80
    Eminently successful at portraying the former first lady's flaws because it allows her to describe them herself.
  3. 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. 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