Fur: An Imaginary Portrait of Diane Arbus Reviews

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March 16, 2007
An interestingly designed but inescapably pointless film.
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.
March 16, 2007
Certainly the film isn't without its flaws. Then again, perfection is in the eye of beholder.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
November 30, 2006
Not a single frame of Fur conveys Arbus's distinctive vision ...
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.
November 21, 2006
The movie officially becomes the one thing Arbus's photography refused to be: normal.
November 21, 2006
Fur is stuck with offering a reductive and unenlightening view of the real Arbus.
November 21, 2006
Arbus's life has been put through the fantasy blender.
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.
November 21, 2006
This fractured beauty-and-the-beast fairytale comes off disturbingly simple-minded.
November 21, 2006
Arbus (whose actual work is unseen, presumably because of rights issues) remains an enigma, and Kidman's wispy portrayal doesn't give the film the center it needs.
November 21, 2006
The film takes enormous liberties by embellishing one small aspect of her life to the point of silliness.
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.
November 16, 2006
Its nerviness only pays off in a few details and in Nicole Kidman's resourcefulness -- mainly a way of suggesting morbid curiosity as erotic stimulation, though the script manages to find diverse excuses for undressing her.
November 16, 2006
A revelatory, challenging and deeply affecting portrait, anchored by what may be Kidman's most profoundly moving performance to date.
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