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Cole Smithey
April 24, 2009
Director Steven Shainberg's follow-up to his groundbreaking film "Secretary" (2002) is an anti-biopic that dares to read between the lines of its subject's artistic vision rather than replay the common knowledge events of photographer Diane Arbus' life.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Urban Cinefile
September 6, 2007
Nicole Kidman is superb as the woman who blooms and goes a trifle mad at the touch of this other world inhabited by Lionel, and Robert Downey Jnr is the perfect actor for the role.
Enrique Buchichio
Uruguay Total
July 23, 2007
Una película diferente y para nada complaciente con el espectador, que permite aproximarse a una de las artistas más influyentes del siglo XX.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Beverly Berning
April 23, 2007
If the filmmakers are telling us that Diane's artistic creativity was unleashed by the love of a good freak, then it's a shame. To turn a story so full of good intentions at the beginning into another movie about a woman who is liberated from the chains
Pablo Villaça
Cinema em Cena
March 16, 2007
Depois do surpreendente Secretária, que brilhava por sua enganosa despretensão, Shainberg tropeça ao encantar-se mais com a própria ambição artística do que com as brilhantes realizações de sua suposta biografada.
| Original Score: 2/5
Peter Bradshaw
March 16, 2007
An interestingly designed but inescapably pointless film.
Johnny Vaughan
The Sun (UK)
March 16, 2007
Kidman and Downey Jr's moving performances more than make up for the film's daft script.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
James Christopher
Times (UK)
March 16, 2007
Kidman delivers another standout performance, transparent and magnetic. Burrell is no match for Downey's hypnotic beast. The hairy romantic chemistry with Kidman is electric, the context inspired.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
March 16, 2007
While Steven Shainberg and his collaborators should be congratulated for eschewing the traditional biopic route, Fur is a noble experiment that goes awry. Sad to say but this is not a film for anyone wishing to learn about Diane Arbus.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Matthew Turner
March 16, 2007
Stylish, imaginative and beautifully directed, this is a slow-moving but utterly mesmerising drama with terrific performances from Kidman and Downey Jnr.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
March 16, 2007
These are themes that everyone can identify with, especially when they're expressed with such intelligence and artistry.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Tom Charity
Total Film
March 16, 2007
Kidman wades in over her depth in this genuinely odd but disappointingly flat attempt to recast a biopic as a fairytale.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
March 16, 2007
Certainly the film isn't without its flaws. Then again, perfection is in the eye of beholder.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Angie Errigo
Empire Magazine
March 13, 2007
Far-out touches and liberal application of metaphor are compensated for by intensity and two mesmerising performances.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
February 9, 2007
The idea of growth as metaphor truly runs wild in Fur, until the thicketry of meaning and subtext becomes more dense than meaningful, and your attention is stopped, finally, at the surface of Nicole Kidman's placid full moon of a face.
Joseph Proimakis
Movies for the Masses
January 8, 2007
full review in Greek
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Angela Baldassarre
January 3, 2007
"Fur: An Imaginary Portrait of Diane Arbus" points out in its title that the picture is mostly fictionalized, but in the opening prologue it states that Diane Arbus was one of America's most important artists. Why make that statement if you can't prove it
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Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star
December 29, 2006
Stilted, stylized and art-directed within an inch of its life, Shainberg's movie (which was written by his Secretary collaborator, Erin Cressida Wilson) manages to be both oppressively literal and fatefully fuzzy at the same time.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Liz Braun
Jam! Movies
December 29, 2006
Pretentious twaddle that tells you nothing about Arbus. Robert Downey Jr. manages to be dignified even when covered in mountains of body hair. That's something.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
December 29, 2006
Don't be fooled for a second by that subtitle. Fur bills itself as An Imaginary Portrait of Diane Arbus, but this thing's got all the imagination of a career bureaucrat slumped in his cubicle awaiting a pension.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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