F for Fake Reviews

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November 29, 2018
Did Welles write those marvelous lines about reality himself? He must have.
October 11, 2015
F For Fake is minor Welles, the master idly tuning his instrument while the concert seems never to start again. But it's engaging and fun, and it's astonishing how easily Welles spins a movie out of next to nothing.
October 11, 2015
I enjoyed every dubious minute of this bit of hanky-panky.
October 11, 2015
The result is a curious, unsatisfactory pastiche of documentary tidbits acquired from Reichenbach and speculative filler supplied by Welles himself.
October 11, 2015
The last film to be completed by Orson Welles is also probably his most challenging. A tricksy combination of documentary, discourse and sleight of hand, F for Fake is as elusive as it is playful.
October 11, 2015
For all its nods, winks and witty asides, it's a richly personal work, picking over the questions every creative artist must eventually ask: Am I 'for real'? Does it matter? And what is all this work worth, anyway?
October 11, 2015
F for Fake is as grand, multitudinous, and original as Welles himself.
October 11, 2015
A mischievous mash of mock-doc, magic show, lecture and comedy.
October 11, 2015
If Citizen Kane is testament to a young man's genius then F For Fake is testament to a veteran's rebellious spirit and wicked sense of humour.
October 11, 2015
A buoyant, delightfully playful Orson Welles exposes the artifice of film in his 1975 head scratcher, F For Fake.
October 11, 2015
Welles stretches his material and his legend just about as thin as possible in this tedious treatise on truth and illusion.
October 11, 2015
Like every good magic show, there's much more here than first meets the eye.
May 17, 2015
A bold, brazen movie that could only have been made because a top-notch talent decided to show off for a little bit.
November 3, 2014
It's a dynamic piece of filmmaking that doubles as a sleight-of-hand act.
August 26, 2012
At times T for tedious and P for pretentious, the film remains essential viewing for admirers of the great cineaste and showman.
August 24, 2012
It tells us that what we like is just fine and that the value is art is measured in something other than currency, though in this case the price of a cinema ticket will do nicely.
August 23, 2012
A modest, throwaway trifle but still entertaining.
August 23, 2012
F for Fake is a minor work in some ways, but there is fascination and poignancy in seeing Welles's elegant retreat into this hall of mirrors.
August 23, 2012
Thirty-two years after he unfolded the cinematic pop-up book that was Citizen Kane, Orson Welles collapsed the entire medium in on itself with this irresistible 1973 film essay on art and fakery.
August 23, 2012
So rich, ripe and tricksy you'll need to give this one multiple sweeps.
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