F for Fake
F for Fake (1974)

The final directorial project the legendary Orson Welles completed during his lifetime, F for Fake is less a documentary than an example of cinematic free association on the topic of trickery. Much of the film is in fact drawn from other… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: April 26, 2005
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Critic Score: 89% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

Alternately superficial and profound.

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Vincent Canby
New York Times

A charming, witty meditation upon fakery, forgery, swindling and art, a movie that may itself be its own Exhibit A.

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Keith Phipps
The Dissolve

It's a dynamic piece of filmmaking that doubles as a sleight-of-hand act.

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Time Out

A triumphantly self-amused, self-aware reflection on the verities of art and creativity and the lies that sustain them.

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Glenn Abel
Hollywood Reporter

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.

Philip French
Observer [UK]

At times T for tedious and P for pretentious, the film remains essential viewing for admirers of the great cineaste and showman.

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Nathan Rabin
AV Club

A singular combination of documentary, essay, narrative, broad comedy, hoax, and cinematic vaudeville.

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Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy

A bold, brazen movie that could only have been made because a top-notch talent decided to show off for a little bit.

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Ed Whitfield
The Ooh Tray

It tells us that what we like is just fine and that the value is art is measured in something other than currency, though in this case the price of a cinema ticket will do nicely.

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Flixster Audience Score: 89% Flixster User Reviews
Pierluigi Puccini
Sui generis documentary impregnated by Welles' panache, wit and love for celluloid
Drew Smith
Exit Through the Gift Shop's grandpappy in the fields of cinematic subversion and grappling with "art." I found it sort of dry, as a matter of… More
Graham Jones
A totally unique experience, master director/actor (etc.) Orson Welles creates his late masterpiece with his expose on trickery.
Stella Dallas
a wry meditation on art and illusion. a very unconventional documentary and the last film orson welles completed before his death.
Tsubaki Sanjuro
A documentary/essay about the art of trickery. Opening with a series of magic tricks, performed by Welles himself, the movie explores two characters who became… More
Ken Stachnik
Amazing free form documentary by the master Orson Welles. Examining the story of a famous art forger and his biographer (the now infamous Cliford Irving who… More