Fur: An Imaginary Portrait of Diane Arbus - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

Fur: An Imaginary Portrait of Diane Arbus Reviews

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December 4, 2006
Shainberg's fictive biopic is to Arbus what The Agony and the Ecstasy was to Michelangelo. Accent on the agony.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
December 1, 2006
Shainberg neither sugarcoats [Diane Arbus's] distance from her girls nor judges it. The filmmakers understand Arbus's story within the context of her time and upbringing.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
December 1, 2006
The world created by Shainberg never seems strange or real enough to convince us that we're getting the goods on anything. Put another way, this imaginary portrait might have done better had it stuck closer to reality.
Read More | Original Score: C
December 1, 2006
[Arbus's] most famous images still have the power to shock, hanging as they do on the walls of the world's museums. Fur, the movie about her, reaches for that same jolt and settles instead for a raised eyebrow.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
December 1, 2006
Kidman's performance is her best to date.
November 30, 2006
Not a single frame of Fur conveys Arbus's distinctive vision ...
Read More | Original Score: F
November 29, 2006
The more risqué elements are carefully ironed out, resulting in a movie that doesn't evoke the eeriness of Arbus' classic 'Identical Twins' as much it brings to mind the harmlessness of C.M. Coolidge's 'Dogs Playing Poker' series.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
November 24, 2006
Fiction can sometimes be used to access a deeper truth than mere fact, but in this case all it does is obscure and confuse a fascinating life story.
November 24, 2006
For those who don't know Arbus' work, there's little to glean from this portrait.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
November 23, 2006
It's cool and detached, and even its shocks feel calculated and contrived.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
November 22, 2006
You develop an eye on the exit sign and a new urgency to stop wasting your time on an unsatisfying film.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
November 21, 2006
Much of the film is absurdist nonsense, and its symbolism is of the plank-to-the-head variety.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
November 21, 2006
As a biopic, it is as meretricious as most, but as a myth about love and loss, about otherness and identity, about compassion and revulsion, about fetishism and sex, about art and life, it will likely stay with you for days.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
November 21, 2006
The movie officially becomes the one thing Arbus's photography refused to be: normal.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
November 21, 2006
Fur is stuck with offering a reductive and unenlightening view of the real Arbus.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
November 21, 2006
Does it have to be a man that turns her into an artist? Sure he's just a metaphor, but it's still an absurd and insulting suggestion.
Read More | Original Score: C+
November 21, 2006
Arbus's life has been put through the fantasy blender.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
November 21, 2006
If the movie is highly unlikely to connect with all who see it, it will connect on a deep level to some who do, in no small part because of Kidman's committed, even daring performance.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
November 21, 2006
This fractured beauty-and-the-beast fairytale comes off disturbingly simple-minded.
Full Review | Original Score: C
November 21, 2006
Fur is a nice-looking movie, Kidman a fine actress, but the metaphorical purpose of the hairy-guy thing is at once too obvious and insufficient in explaining Arbus' work.
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