F for Fake Reviews

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
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
Welles stretches his material and his legend just about as thin as possible in this tedious treatise on truth and illusion.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.