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Imelda Reviews

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Prairie Miller
Long Island Press

If the shoe fits, go for it, Cinderella might advise. But how about 3,000 pairs of them.

Full Review

May 30, 2007
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Imelda is not just in a league of her own, but in a universe of her own.

Full Review Source: Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC) | Original Score: 4/5

August 9, 2006
Jeffrey Chen
Window to the Movies

[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 Source: Window to the Movies | Original Score: 8/10

March 2, 2006

Film Threat

Full Review Source: Film Threat | Original Score: 4/5

December 6, 2005
Don Willmott

does history a great service

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 4/5

September 4, 2005

Baltimore Sun

Full Review Source: Baltimore Sun | Original Score: 3.5/4

December 17, 2004
Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star
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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 Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 3/5

October 1, 2004
Bruce Kirkland
Jam! Movies

Both enlightening and entertaining.

Full Review Source: Jam! Movies | Original Score: 3.5/5

October 1, 2004
Glenn Whipp
Los Angeles Daily News

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 Source: Los Angeles Daily News | Original Score: 3/4

August 20, 2004
Carina Chocano
Los Angeles Times
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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 Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 3.5/5

August 19, 2004
Jon Strickland
L.A. Weekly
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Diaz's portrait of Imelda Marcos attempts to get beyond the shoe thing, into the gothic heart of 40 years of Philippine politics.

Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly

August 19, 2004
David Noh
Film Journal International

As glossy as its subject's heavily lacquered trademark coiffure.

Full Review Source: Film Journal International

August 8, 2004
Ty Burr
Boston Globe
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At its most acridly useful when comparing the former first lady's recollections with others' less sanguine memories.

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 3/4

August 6, 2004
Paul Sherman
Boston Herald

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 Source: Boston Herald | Original Score: 3/4

August 6, 2004
Desson Thomson
Washington Post
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Even though Marcos, in this film, provides enough material for a few hundred giggles and head-shakings, she also shows a pathetically human side.

Full Review Source: Washington Post

July 16, 2004
Jean Lowerison
San Diego Metropolitan

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.

Full Review Source: San Diego Metropolitan

July 3, 2004
Thomas Delapa
Boulder Weekly

The sole conclusion you can make at the end of Diaz's repetitive film is that Madam Marcos is as mad as a hatter.

Full Review Source: Boulder Weekly

June 18, 2004
Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
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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+

June 18, 2004
David Sterritt
Christian Science Monitor

She emerges as an energetic, narcissistic, and totally self-deluded woman.

Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor | Original Score: 3/4

June 17, 2004
Ken Fox
TV Guide's Movie Guide

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 Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide | Original Score: 3.5/5

June 11, 2004

Deseret News, Salt Lake City
December 4, 2004

Boston Phoenix
August 7, 2004
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