• R, 2 hr. 2 min.
  • Drama
  • Directed By:
    Steven Shainberg
    In Theaters:
    Nov 10, 2006 Wide
    On DVD:
    May 8, 2007
  • Picturehouse


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Fur: An Imaginary Portrait of Diane Arbus Reviews

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Cole Smithey

Director Steven Shainberg's follow-up to his groundbreaking film "Secretary" (2002) is an anti-biopic that dares to read between the lines of its subject's artistic vision rather than replay the common knowledge events of photographer Diane Arbus' life.

Full Review Source: ColeSmithey.com | Original Score: B

April 24, 2009
Jennie Kermode
Eye for Film

Full Review Source: Eye for Film | Original Score: 4/5

December 7, 2007
Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile

Nicole Kidman is superb as the woman who blooms and goes a trifle mad at the touch of this other world inhabited by Lionel, and Robert Downey Jnr is the perfect actor for the role.

Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile

September 6, 2007
Enrique Buchichio
Uruguay Total

Una película diferente y para nada complaciente con el espectador, que permite aproximarse a una de las artistas más influyentes del siglo XX.

Full Review Source: Uruguay Total | Original Score: 3/5

July 23, 2007
Johnny Vaughan
Sun Online

Kidman and Downey Jr's moving performances more than make up for the film's daft script.

Full Review Source: Sun Online | Original Score: 3/4

March 16, 2007
James Christopher
Times [UK]

Kidman delivers another standout performance, transparent and magnetic. Burrell is no match for Downey's hypnotic beast. The hairy romantic chemistry with Kidman is electric, the context inspired.

Full Review Source: Times [UK] | Original Score: 4/5

March 16, 2007

While Steven Shainberg and his collaborators should be congratulated for eschewing the traditional biopic route, Fur is a noble experiment that goes awry. Sad to say but this is not a film for anyone wishing to learn about Diane Arbus.

Full Review Source: Film4 | Original Score: 3/5

March 16, 2007
Matthew Turner

Stylish, imaginative and beautifully directed, this is a slow-moving but utterly mesmerising drama with terrific performances from Kidman and Downey Jnr.

Full Review Source: ViewLondon | Original Score: 4/5

March 16, 2007
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall

These are themes that everyone can identify with, especially when they're expressed with such intelligence and artistry.

Full Review Source: Shadows on the Wall | Original Score: 4.5/5

March 16, 2007

Certainly the film isn't without its flaws. Then again, perfection is in the eye of beholder.

Full Review Source: BBC.com | Original Score: 3/5

March 16, 2007
Angie Errigo
Empire Magazine

Far-out touches and liberal application of metaphor are compensated for by intensity and two mesmerising performances.

Full Review Source: Empire Magazine | Original Score: 3/5

March 13, 2007
Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
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Shainberg neither sugarcoats [Diane Arbus's] distance from her girls nor judges it. The filmmakers understand Arbus's story within the context of her time and upbringing.

Full Review Source: Denver Post | Original Score: 3/4

December 1, 2006
Bruce Feld
Film Journal International

Kidman's performance is her best to date.

Full Review Source: Film Journal International

December 1, 2006
Richard Nilsen
Arizona Republic
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As a biopic, it is as meretricious as most, but as a myth about love and loss, about otherness and identity, about compassion and revulsion, about fetishism and sex, about art and life, it will likely stay with you for days.

Full Review Source: Arizona Republic | Original Score: 4/5

November 21, 2006
Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
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If the movie is highly unlikely to connect with all who see it, it will connect on a deep level to some who do, in no small part because of Kidman's committed, even daring performance.

Full Review Source: Detroit Free Press | Original Score: 3/4

November 21, 2006
William Arnold
Seattle Post-Intelligencer

Kidman brings her character to life with a fey, moth-to-the-flame enthrallment that's both touching and fascinating.

Full Review Source: Seattle Post-Intelligencer | Original Score: B

November 21, 2006
David Elliott
San Diego Union-Tribune

To call Fur one of the year's best seems a little diminishing -- it's a classic.

Full Review Source: San Diego Union-Tribune | Original Score: 4/4

November 21, 2006
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press

Fur knows how to get under our skin, and it also knows something Arbus demonstrated in her unsettling work: Beauty comes from unexpected places.

Full Review Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press | Original Score: 3.5/4

November 21, 2006
Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews

...a kinky fairy tale that uses a strange love affair as a metaphor for the artistic urge.

Full Review Source: Reeling Reviews | Original Score: B+

November 19, 2006
Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
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Purists will howl at the liberties Shainberg has taken with the facts, but there's a bravery to Fur, an uncompromising commitment to its narrow focus -- of one woman's creative birth -- that rhymes with Arbus's own artistic courage.

Full Review Source: Washington Post

November 16, 2006
Michael Atkinson
Boston Phoenix
April 23, 2009

Sydney Morning Herald
September 14, 2007
Nigel Floyd
Time Out
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[The] film illuminates Arbus' artistically brilliant, emotionally unstable life for no longer than the popping of a flash bulb.

Full Review Source: Time Out

March 14, 2007

December 30, 2006

St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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December 30, 2006
Stuart Klawans
The Nation
December 30, 2006

Deseret News, Salt Lake City
December 30, 2006
Stephanie Zacharek
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December 30, 2006
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