Fur: An Imaginary Portrait of Diane Arbus Reviews

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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
December 1, 2006
[Arbus's] most famous images still have the power to shock, hanging as they do on the walls of the world's museums. Fur, the movie about her, reaches for that same jolt and settles instead for a raised eyebrow.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
November 9, 2006
Fur's misstep, and it is significant, is in the creature design of Lionel. The resemblance to Chewbacca is uncanny. He also looks a little like Lon Chaney's Wolf Man.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Pete Hammond
Maxim
November 10, 2006
If this sounds like your idea of a fun movie night, go for it. But its not exactly ours.
| Original Score: 2/5
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
November 9, 2006
Fur starts stylishly, and confidently, but the film dwindles down to a chamber piece in a claustrophobic chamber.
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star
November 22, 2006
You develop an eye on the exit sign and a new urgency to stop wasting your time on an unsatisfying film.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
October 11, 2006
An affected fantasia that unsuccessfully tries to conjure Diane Arbus out of a strident urban fairy tale.
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
November 13, 2006
I found it to be heavy-handed, pretentious dreck.
Matt Stevens
E! Online
November 9, 2006
This Alice in Wonderland-esque fable, tracking her theoretical evolution from repressed wallflower to visionary artist, doesn't go deep enough down the rabbit hole.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Dan Callahan
Slant Magazine
October 18, 2006
In what seems like a sequel to Birth, we are treated to endless silent close-ups of Kidman's hard, porcelain face struggling to signal girlish repression and longing for release.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Todd McCarthy
Variety
November 2, 2006
Impressively crafted and acted but far too narrowly and benignly conceived to satisfy even on its own terms.
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
November 10, 2006
Fur is a folly, though not a dishonorable one.
| Original Score: 2/5
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
November 10, 2006
Like the artists who stock the Whitney Biennial with their plastic puddles of vomit, Fur works feverishly to dress up clichés.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
Jim Emerson
RogerEbert.com
November 21, 2006
Fur is stuck with offering a reductive and unenlightening view of the real Arbus.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
November 9, 2006
If you are seeking illumination about Arbus' artistry or her psyche, it's not here.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
November 16, 2006
Its nerviness only pays off in a few details and in Nicole Kidman's resourcefulness -- mainly a way of suggesting morbid curiosity as erotic stimulation, though the script manages to find diverse excuses for undressing her.
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
November 16, 2006
Of all the "what-were-they-thinking" movies of 2006 -- and there are quite a few -- Fur rises to the top of the list.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Joe Lozito
Big Picture Big Sound
July 14, 2007
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Joseph Proimakis
Movies for the Masses
January 8, 2007
full review in Greek
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Beverly Berning
culturevulture.net
April 23, 2007
If the filmmakers are telling us that Diane's artistic creativity was unleashed by the love of a good freak, then it's a shame. To turn a story so full of good intentions at the beginning into another movie about a woman who is liberated from the chains
February 9, 2007
The idea of growth as metaphor truly runs wild in Fur, until the thicketry of meaning and subtext becomes more dense than meaningful, and your attention is stopped, finally, at the surface of Nicole Kidman's placid full moon of a face.
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Nigel Floyd
Time Out
March 14, 2007
[The] film illuminates Arbus' artistically brilliant, emotionally unstable life for no longer than the popping of a flash bulb.
Michael Atkinson
Boston Phoenix
April 23, 2009
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Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
December 30, 2006
Stuart Klawans
The Nation
December 30, 2006

Deseret News, Salt Lake City
December 30, 2006

culturevulture.net
December 30, 2006
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
December 30, 2006

Sydney Morning Herald
September 14, 2007
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