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A faltering producer is bent on resurrecting his career by bringing a popular -- and eternally youthful looking -- actress out of seclusion to star in his next picture.
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 71%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"This one seethes with authentic nostalgia; Wilder's attempt not merely to eulogize earlier styles but to revive them feels somewhat embalmed."
‑ Richard Brody, New Yorker
"A shamefully underrated film, Fedora is Wilder's testament and one of the most sublime achievements of the '70s."
‑ , Time Out
"This wearying nostalgia for golden-age moviemaking aside, Fedora exposes, through a major plot twist I won't give away, the off-screen pathologies that constitute the nightmares of the dream factory."
‑ Melissa Anderson, Artforum
"Defiantly and proudly old-fashioned both in style and content, weaving an (intentionally) campy melodrama about the mysterious suicide of a faded movie queen into a spellbinding meditation on cinema and the price of manufactured illusions."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Wilder may have been a genius, but not everything a genius does is a work of genius. Fedora is a curiosity, not a lost masterpiece."
‑ Stephanie Zacharek, Village Voice
"Trust Wilder to know what he's doing, even during the deliberate clichés. See it like that, and I bet you'll like it. See it with a straight face, and you'll think it's boring and obvious."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"The offhand jabs at the dissolution of orthodox craftsmanship in 1970s cinema are overwhelmed by a deeper core of autocritique played out in the film's downward trajectory."
‑ Carson Lund, Slant Magazine
"Brilliant homage to a bygone age of glamor."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"The deliberate and sometimes dismaying anachronisms are signs of a deep, unshakable commitment to a personal aesthetic -- a commitment that is sometimes more moving than anything in the film itself."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"Fedora is old-fashioned with a vengeance, a proud, passionate remembrance of the way movies used to be, and a bitter smile at what they have become."
‑ Janet Maslin, New York Times
"Gallant Hollywood-Babylon concerto"
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
"Probably Wilder's most interesting work, if not necessarily his best."
‑ , Film4
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