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Fedora Reviews

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Keith Phipps
The Dissolve
November 10, 2014
There's a lot of awkwardness to Fedora, from a sluggish pace to an awful bit of last-minute overdubbing that mars two performances, but there's a lot of fascination in it.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Richard Brody
New Yorker
September 5, 2014
This one seethes with authentic nostalgia; Wilder's attempt not merely to eulogize earlier styles but to revive them feels somewhat embalmed.
Melissa Anderson
Artforum
September 3, 2014
This wearying nostalgia for golden-age moviemaking aside, Fedora exposes, through a major plot twist I won't give away, the off-screen pathologies that constitute the nightmares of the dream factory.
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Stephanie Zacharek
Village Voice
September 2, 2014
Wilder may have been a genius, but not everything a genius does is a work of genius. Fedora is a curiosity, not a lost masterpiece.
Carson Lund
Slant Magazine
September 2, 2014
The offhand jabs at the dissolution of orthodox craftsmanship in 1970s cinema are overwhelmed by a deeper core of autocritique played out in the film's downward trajectory.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Fernando F. Croce
CinePassion
February 6, 2010
Gallant Hollywood-Babylon concerto

TV Guide
August 14, 2007
Defiantly and proudly old-fashioned both in style and content, weaving an (intentionally) campy melodrama about the mysterious suicide of a faded movie queen into a spellbinding meditation on cinema and the price of manufactured illusions.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
August 14, 2007
The deliberate and sometimes dismaying anachronisms are signs of a deep, unshakable commitment to a personal aesthetic -- a commitment that is sometimes more moving than anything in the film itself.
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
March 17, 2007
Brilliant homage to a bygone age of glamor.
Full Review | Original Score: A
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Time Out
January 26, 2006
A shamefully underrated film, Fedora is Wilder's testament and one of the most sublime achievements of the '70s.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
October 23, 2004
Trust Wilder to know what he's doing, even during the deliberate clichés. See it like that, and I bet you'll like it. See it with a straight face, and you'll think it's boring and obvious.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4

Film4
May 24, 2003
Probably Wilder's most interesting work, if not necessarily his best.
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Janet Maslin
New York Times
January 1, 2000
Fedora is old-fashioned with a vengeance, a proud, passionate remembrance of the way movies used to be, and a bitter smile at what they have become.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com
July 17, 2005
| Original Score: 3/5
Carol Cling
Las Vegas Review-Journal
October 3, 2003
| Original Score: 3/5
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