The Amazing Truth About Queen Raquela
The Amazing Truth About Queen Raquela (2008)

A naive but street-smart Filipina transsexual prostitute named Raquela decides to travel in order to find her prince charming. Like many ladyboys in the Philippines, Raquela dreams of marrying a man from the West. She spends much of her… More

Rated: R
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Release Date: February 10, 2008
DVD Release Date: April 20, 2010
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Noel Murray
AV Club

A kind of postmodern, grown-up fairytale: a Cinderella story for the reality-TV age.

Neil Genzlinger
New York Times

It's like being trapped in a roomful of teenage girls for 80 minutes.

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Maitland McDonagh
TV Guide

Rios is the glue that holds Johannesson's neither-fish-nor-fowl film together:

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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times

Raquela Rios is so passionately alive her film gets away with an open ending -- as it has everything else.

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Melissa Anderson
Time Out

Raquela's travel sequences are poorly structured, and detract from the film's most satisfying moments.

Tim Cogshell
Boxoffice Magazine

It's funny, wry, edgy and occasionally insightful -- but it's not a documentary.

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Ernest Hardy
L.A. Weekly

The amazing truth about Queen Raquela is that she's constructed from clichés.

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David Noh
Film Journal International

That hyperbolic title refers to Raquela's transsexual status, but otherwise, there's nothing all that amazing about this very specialized-interest, sometimes engaging but often frustrating faux-documentary.

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Ed Gonzalez
Slant Magazine

As fabulous, scraggly, tough-minded, star-eyed and conflicted as the queen it documents.

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