Fur: An Imaginary Portrait of Diane Arbus
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Fur: An Imaginary Portrait of Diane Arbus
Photographer Diane Arbus was considered one of the most mysterious, enigmatic and frighteningly bold artists of the 20th century. Most known for her obsession with "freak" subject matter, her haunting work emerged from a deeply private place. Arbus' death was as mysteriously tragic as was the aura surrounding some of her most piercing portraits.
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 32%

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"[The] film illuminates Arbus' artistically brilliant, emotionally unstable life for no longer than the popping of a flash bulb."
‑ Nigel Floyd, Time Out
"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."
‑ Lisa Kennedy, Denver Post
"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."
‑ Cole Smithey, ColeSmithey.com
"If the filmmakers are telling us that Diane's artistic creativity was unleashed by the love of a good freak, then it's a shame. To turn a story so full of good intentions at the beginning into another movie about a woman who is liberated from the chains"
‑ Beverly Berning, culturevulture.net
"Kidman and Downey Jr's moving performances more than make up for the film's daft script."
‑ Johnny Vaughan, Sun Online
"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."
‑ Geoff Pevere, Toronto Star
"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."
‑ Robert Denerstein, Denver Rocky Mountain News
"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."
‑ Urban Cinefile Critics, Urban Cinefile
"Depois do surpreendente Secretária, que brilhava por sua enganosa despretensão, Shainberg tropeça ao encantar-se mais com a própria ambição artística do que com as brilhantes realizações de sua suposta biografada."
‑ Pablo Villaca, Cinema em Cena
"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."
‑ James Christopher, Times [UK]
"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."
‑ Rick Groen, Globe and Mail
"[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."
‑ Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel
"Una película diferente y para nada complaciente con el espectador, que permite aproximarse a una de las artistas más influyentes del siglo XX."
‑ Enrique Buchichio, Uruguay Total
"An interestingly designed but inescapably pointless film."
‑ Peter Bradshaw, Guardian
"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."
‑ James Mottram, Film4
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