F for Fake Reviews

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August 23, 2012
Welles was to claim, 'I believe a work is good to the degree that it expresses the man who created it' and, by that standard, F for Fake must be a masterpiece.
August 20, 2012
Less heralded than some of Welles' other work, F For Fake is still a fascinating examination of authenticity and authorship.
August 20, 2011
Welles' assurance that you will be enthralled by his every word and oversized gesture is so arrogant, so refreshingly contemptuous, that you'd give him a round of applause, if you weren't sure he was doing that for himself every time he called, "cut."
May 29, 2009
gives the viewer the feeling that he's in Welles's expansive company...while he considers and pontificates on a pet topic. That in itself is a privilege, and reason enough to check out F for Fake
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.
April 6, 2007
...a digressive, playful and at times profound essay on the nature of authenticity and the fluid boundaries between art and decoration, between inspiration and imitation.
February 18, 2007
February 9, 2007
Alternately superficial and profound.
January 26, 2006
A triumphantly self-amused, self-aware reflection on the verities of art and creativity and the lies that sustain them.
September 26, 2005
A singular combination of documentary, essay, narrative, broad comedy, hoax, and cinematic vaudeville.
July 15, 2005
May 22, 2005
A little gem, full of vintage Welles ruminations on the ephemeral nature of personal celebrity and the elusiveness of ultimate truth.
May 9, 2005
A charming, witty meditation upon fakery, forgery, swindling and art, a movie that may itself be its own Exhibit A.
May 1, 2005
An almost impossibly lively pastiche of images and ideas that never tires.
May 1, 2005
Welcome to the philosophical fun house that is F for Fake, stuffed full of questions about the nature of art and authorship, illusion and reality, lies and truth.
April 29, 2005
After seeing this elusive film, I wonder how many pictures of the great artists in the museums are really by them and not by some forger.
April 26, 2005
a wonderfully fitting conclusion to Welles' career, a playful exploration of the mysteries of art, magic, and fraud, all themes that were central to his best films
April 12, 2005
I've never seen another film like F for Fake, and if you invest a quick 90 minutes in it I'll wager you'll come away with the same dazed and breathless feeling that I had.
February 18, 2005
F for Fake is one of the more wistfully humorous of Welles's wrestlings with reality.
January 21, 2005
A minor documentary with a few good scenes.
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