"It's a documentary that starts as a nonfiction portrait and ends as a political horror movie."
— David Fear, Rolling Stone
"A fascinating documentary about the Marcos family's troubled history - and the disturbing ways that it's making a comeback today."
— Eric Kohn, indieWire
"From her very first simper, I was hooked. Some see Imelda as one of the world's greatest villains. After this tour of her closet, that shoe fits."
— Charlotte O'Sullivan, London Evening Standard
"One of the most insightful portraits of what is basically sociopathic behavior excused by wealth and privilege that a documentary has ever produced."
— Brian Tallerico, RogerEbert.com
""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."
— Mark Jenkins, Washington Post
"An enraging portrait of entitlement, opulence and corruption, The Kingmaker starts as a profile of Imelda Marcos but soon widens its perspective to depict a Philippines in peril."
— Tim Grierson, Screen International
"An engaging, appalling but inevitably partial portrait of a woman who has navigated through countless political and personal squalls but remains irretrievably drawn to the flame of power."
— Todd McCarthy, Hollywood Reporter
"Marcos innately understands the importance of image, but she seems to have underestimated her inquisitor, who uses well-chosen historic footage and powerfully-edited interviews with other Filipinos to gradually expand the canvas."
— Elizabeth Weitzman, TheWrap
"The juiciest insider look at a corrupt world leader since Barbet Schroeder's 'General Idi Amin Dada: A Self Portrait.'
Marcos’ print-the-legend philosophy has particular resonance in a post-truth world, although such sinister undertones sneak up on audiences in a movie that begins, innocently enough, as the latest of Greenfield’s astonishing portraits of wealth run amok."
— Peter Debruge, Variety