The Kingmaker

2019

The Kingmaker

Critics Consensus

The Kingmaker aims a disquieting spotlight at the private life of a divisive public figure -- as well as the ways in which unchecked power seduces and corrupts.

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Centered on the indomitable character of Imelda Marcos, The Kingmaker examines, with intimate access, the Marcos family's improbable return to power in the Philippines. The film explores the disturbing legacy of the Marcos regime and chronicles Imelda's present-day push to help her son, Bongbong, win the vice-presidency. To this end, Imelda confidently rewrites her family's history of corruption, replacing it with a narrative of a matriarch's extravagant love for her country. In an age when fake news manipulates elections, Imelda's comeback story serves as a dark fairy tale.

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All Critics (42) | Top Critics (16) | Fresh (40) | Rotten (2)

  • While the film starts in wry fly-on-the-wall mode, it morphs into something weightier and surreally unsettling - Louis Theroux to Luis Buñuel in 60 minutes flat.

    Dec 12, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • For all that Marcos has to be one of the most purely objectionable figures in public life anywhere in the world, she is not a fool and occasionally reveals shrewd insights about herself.

    Dec 12, 2019 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…
  • "The Kingmaker" chills the soul by presenting shantytown residents and school kids who extol the Marcos regime and even endorse its eight-year period of martial law.

    Dec 11, 2019 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • As horror stories go, it's sometimes funny. As comedies go, it's pretty horrifying.

    Dec 11, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • The first half is a conventional biography but as it progresses, 'The Kingmaker' takes shape as an acute study of the psychology of power.

    Dec 9, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • The Kingmaker is a terrifying film.

    Nov 15, 2019 | Full Review…

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