Imelda Reviews

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Prairie Miller
Long Island Press
May 30, 2007
If the shoe fits, go for it, Cinderella might advise. But how about 3,000 pairs of them.
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
August 9, 2006
Imelda is not just in a league of her own, but in a universe of her own.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Jeffrey Chen
Window to the Movies
March 2, 2006
[Documents] a once-in-a-lifetime development of a certain personality type, the result of which isn't as simple to pin down as we'd expect.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Don Willmott
Filmcritic.com
September 4, 2005
does history a great service
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star
October 1, 2004
Makes up for what it lacks in political and historical depth by providing a stunning study in the sheer imperviousness of the unchecked and over empowered ego.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Bruce Kirkland
Jam! Movies
October 1, 2004
Both enlightening and entertaining.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Glenn Whipp
Los Angeles Daily News
August 20, 2004
There may be no new revelations in Imelda, but the film still proves highly instructive in the ways in which power corrupts and politics attracts the opportunistic.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Carina Chocano
Los Angeles Times
August 19, 2004
Mostly it's Marcos' mysterious sway over those who stood to lose the most from her power, coupled with her amazing inability to face that fact, that makes Imelda maddeningly fascinating.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Jon Strickland
L.A. Weekly
August 19, 2004
Diaz's portrait of Imelda Marcos attempts to get beyond the shoe thing, into the gothic heart of 40 years of Philippine politics.
David Noh
Film Journal International
August 8, 2004
As glossy as its subject's heavily lacquered trademark coiffure.
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
August 6, 2004
At its most acridly useful when comparing the former first lady's recollections with others' less sanguine memories.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Paul Sherman
Boston Herald
August 6, 2004
Instead of enabling Marcos to tell the world how caring she is, the movie gives her enough rope to hang herself, and she does, again and again.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
July 16, 2004
Even though Marcos, in this film, provides enough material for a few hundred giggles and head-shakings, she also shows a pathetically human side.
Jean Lowerison
San Diego Metropolitan
July 3, 2004
Although the fact that Imelda does most of the talking begins to feel like election year rhetoric or just plain propaganda, there's something perversely fascinating in listening to such sincere self-deception.
Thomas Delapa
Boulder Weekly
June 18, 2004
The sole conclusion you can make at the end of Diaz's repetitive film is that Madam Marcos is as mad as a hatter.
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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
June 18, 2004
In addition to being a shrewd character study, Diaz's sharply assembled film reminds us that charm can be as toxic as anything else when it comes to acquiring, holding and abusing power.
| Original Score: B+
David Sterritt
Christian Science Monitor
June 17, 2004
She emerges as an energetic, narcissistic, and totally self-deluded woman.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Ken Fox
TV Guide's Movie Guide
June 11, 2004
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Ruthe Stein
San Francisco Chronicle
June 11, 2004
Fascinating and impressively balanced.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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John Anderson
Newsday
June 11, 2004
While dismissing her point of view, it also takes her absolutely seriously -- her presentation of the 'facts' often makes her seem ridiculous, but at the same time beyond criticism.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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