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Fuck (F*ck) (2005)

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Average Rating: 5.8/10
Reviews Counted: 72
Fresh: 40 | Rotten: 32

A documentary that sets out to explore a lingual taboo but can't escape its own naughty posturing.

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Average Rating: 5.3/10
Critic Reviews: 25
Fresh: 12 | Rotten: 13

A documentary that sets out to explore a lingual taboo but can't escape its own naughty posturing.

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The Queen Mother of all dirty words (as it was once described by Jean Shepherd) is examined through all its linguistic, sociological, legal, and ethical implications in this documentary. Filmmaker Steven Anderson interviews dozens of people about the history and function of "the F word," including language historians who have a hard time nailing down its origin, writers (including Hunter S. Thompson and Ben Bradlee) who talk about its role in literature and press freedom, comedians (among them

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The insight-neutral scrag ends of what feels like ten decent documentaries on censorship, semantics, social policy and broadcasting coalesce in this painfully self-satisfied and poorly made 'shock-doc'.

February 12, 2009 Full Review Source: Time Out
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Anderson's glib approach is to the movie's advantage, allowing anything profound to seem unexpected.

December 8, 2006 Full Review Source: Boston Globe
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But in the end, F*CK is at most a compendium of opinions and examples, and never feels like a story.

December 1, 2006 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail
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But F*** gives short shrift to a question that many moviegoers may well ponder: How, exactly, has this word become a substitute for wit, or, in many movies, for dialogue?

December 1, 2006 Full Review Source: Seattle Times
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If anything, the most vivid impression created by the movie is how much fun the word's use can potentially be and how its power is inevitably emboldened in direct proportion to the forces of decency lined up against it.

December 1, 2006 Full Review Source: Toronto Star
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... It's a mere 90-some minutes long; it only feels like seven hours.

November 30, 2006 Full Review Source: Washington Post
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As Lenny Bruce famously pointed out, fuck is an important word because, "if you can't say fuck, you can't say fuck the government."

April 24, 2009 Full Review Source: ColeSmithey.com
ColeSmithey.com

As well as being humdrum, this is past its sell-by date: the film is a product of the Bush years, with the liberals making all the old complaints about Dubya's encouragement of cultural puritanism.

February 19, 2009 Full Review Source: Sunday Times (UK)
Sunday Times (UK)

Smug, shallow, repetitive, unilluminating and rarely funny.

February 19, 2009 Full Review Source: Observer [UK]
Observer [UK]

Despite its flaws, Fuck does manage to leave you energised and determined to fight to the death to defend freedom of speech - or at least sit back and fire off a few swear words of your own in celebration. Shit, piss, fuck, etc...

February 19, 2009
Little White Lies

It's all reasonable but unoriginal stuff.

February 13, 2009 Full Review Source: Guardian
Guardian

This could have been far more illuminating, challenging, or at the very least entertaining.

February 12, 2009 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

More of a TV documentary than a movie, but there's enough good stuff here to keep you from cussing.

February 12, 2009 Full Review Source: Film4
Film4

An example of the very worst kind of documentary film-making. The picture contains no insight, no research and no etymological answers. It is simply a string of choppily edited interviews with comedians, porn actors and the morally outraged.

February 12, 2009 Full Review Source: Times [UK]
Times [UK]

A moderately amusing documentary about the second most offensive word in the English language.

February 12, 2009 Full Review Source: Financial Times
Financial Times

Entertaining documentary with an admirable array of talking heads, though it doesn't dig nearly as deep as you'd expect and contains some baffling omissions.

February 12, 2009 Full Review Source: ViewLondon
ViewLondon

Maybe f*** is a bad word because we don't know where or how it started; who knows? Maybe we're just too f***ing sensitive...

July 9, 2008 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed
Cinema Crazed

This isn't really a documentary so much as a celebration -- of one word's power to twist people in knots.

February 13, 2008 Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com
eFilmCritic.com

This film is probably not going to change anyone's view about this particular word, but it is an interesting, informative, and often entertaining take on the subject.

March 9, 2007 Full Review Source: TheMovieChicks.com

Anderson's film is surprisingly amusing, as well as insightful, even if viewers have to sit through about 800 uses of the word in the 90-minute film.

January 5, 2007 Full Review Source: Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
Rochester Democrat and Chronicle

Fascinating.

December 30, 2006 Full Review Source: San Diego Metropolitan
San Diego Metropolitan

Anderson's jumpy editing fails to cover up the fact that he only has 30 good minutes of material here.

December 16, 2006
Salt Lake Tribune

The inclusion of the porn footage and supposedly comical cartoons (by Bill Plympton) don't really add anything to the film. In fact, they're shockingly irrelevant.

December 15, 2006 Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

What's great about the documentary is the mix of people Anderson interviews for opinions and insights.

December 10, 2006
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Audience Reviews for Fuck (F*ck)

Funny and controversial documentary, that investigate taboos in society about the word FUCK. Just like The Aristocrats, F*uck, is a entertaining film. Problem: the absence of answers and research. In this way, the documentary don't looks what really is the point, what the reason of the motion picture? Even Steve Anderson know. At least it's a fun trip.
May 18, 2014
Lucas Martins

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Fuck me, Motherfuckers!!
October 13, 2011
YodaMasterJedi
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Great fucking documentary. Boone!!!
March 12, 2011
kenstachnik

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