The Kingmaker

100 mins
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Filmmaker Lauren Greenfield (The Queen of Versailles) continues her exploration of extreme wealth with the most political work of her... More

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The Kingmaker | Ratings & Reviews

"A picture of excess, both financial and political."

Wall Street JournalWall Street Journal

"In light of the recurring themes of Greenfield’s oeuvre — decades spent documenting the lifestyles of the filthy rich and wannabe famous, à la “The Queen of Versailles” and “Generation Wealth” — it’s no wonder that Marcos would be amenable to being immortalized by such a high-profile photographer. What Greenfield’s subjects never seem to grasp is how her work manages to flatter them, captured in all their blinged-out excess, while striking outsiders as satirical and shocking."


"The access is impeccable but in Lauren Greenfield’s hands, The Kingmaker never feels like hagiography, the sly character assassination and political edge remaining sharp."

Empire MagazineEmpire Magazine

"Starts as a portrait and ends as a nonfiction political horror movie."

Rolling StoneRolling Stone

"As Greenfield opens “The Kingmaker” up, the Philippines’ past and present move uneasily into alignment, and the movie becomes more interesting and far more disturbing. Notably, it also becomes less about one woman, her malevolent charms and quirks, and develops into an unsettling look at imperial power."

The New York TimesThe New York Times

"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. Imelda Marcos is not the mother of all Filipinos, but some of them are happy to proclaim themselves her children."

The Washington PostThe Washington Post

"The former first lady of the Philippines is revealed as a monstrous, loathsome, absurdly queenly figure in Lauren Greenfield’s superb documentary"

The GuardianThe Guardian

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