F for Fake Reviews

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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
The result is a curious, unsatisfactory pastiche of documentary tidbits acquired from Reichenbach and speculative filler supplied by Welles himself.
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
Welles stretches his material and his legend just about as thin as possible in this tedious treatise on truth and illusion.
March 26, 2009
An intriguing, enjoyable look at illusion in general and his own, Clifford Irving's and De Houry's dealing with it in particular.
November 29, 2018
Did Welles write those marvelous lines about reality himself? He must have.
October 11, 2015
I enjoyed every dubious minute of this bit of hanky-panky.
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
A mischievous mash of mock-doc, magic show, lecture and comedy.
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