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Fur: An Imaginary Portrait of Diane Arbus Reviews

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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
Jennie Kermode
Eye for Film
December 7, 2007
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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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
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
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
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
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.
| Original Score: 3/4
Bruce Feld
Film Journal International
December 1, 2006
Kidman's performance is her best to date.
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Richard Nilsen
Arizona Republic
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.
| Original Score: 4/5
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
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.
| Original Score: 3/4
William Arnold
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
November 21, 2006
Kidman brings her character to life with a fey, moth-to-the-flame enthrallment that's both touching and fascinating.
Full Review | Original Score: B
David Elliott
San Diego Union-Tribune
November 21, 2006
To call Fur one of the year's best seems a little diminishing -- it's a classic.
| Original Score: 4/4
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
November 21, 2006
Fur knows how to get under our skin, and it also knows something Arbus demonstrated in her unsettling work: Beauty comes from unexpected places.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews
November 19, 2006
...a kinky fairy tale that uses a strange love affair as a metaphor for the artistic urge.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
November 16, 2006
Purists will howl at the liberties Shainberg has taken with the facts, but there's a bravery to Fur, an uncompromising commitment to its narrow focus -- of one woman's creative birth -- that rhymes with Arbus's own artistic courage.
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