F for Fake
F for Fake (1974)

Orson Welles appears as himself in this witty and subversive film essay on fakery and forgery, art and illusion. Taking footage from an earlier Francois Reichenbach documentary on art forgery -- based on a book by the literary hoaxer… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: September 1, 1974
DVD Release Date: April 26, 2005
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Critic Score: 88% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: F for Fake playfully poses intriguing questions while proving that even Orson Welles' minor works contain their share of masterful moments.

Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

F For Fake is minor Welles, the master idly tuning his instrument while the concert seems never to start again. But it's engaging and fun, and it's astonishing how easily Welles spins a movie out of next to nothing.

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Richard Brody
New Yorker

F for Fake is as grand, multitudinous, and original as Welles himself.

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Clancy Sigel
The Spectator

I enjoyed every dubious minute of this bit of hanky-panky.

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Gary Arnold
Washington Post

The result is a curious, unsatisfactory pastiche of documentary tidbits acquired from Reichenbach and speculative filler supplied by Welles himself.

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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times

Welles stretches his material and his legend just about as thin as possible in this tedious treatise on truth and illusion.

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Wendy Ide
Times (UK)

The last film to be completed by Orson Welles is also probably his most challenging. A tricksy combination of documentary, discourse and sleight of hand, F for Fake is as elusive as it is playful.

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Tom Huddleston
Time Out

For all its nods, winks and witty asides, it's a richly personal work, picking over the questions every creative artist must eventually ask: Am I 'for real'? Does it matter? And what is all this work worth, anyway?

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Variety Staff

An intriguing, enjoyable look at illusion in general and his own, Clifford Irving's and De Houry's dealing with it in particular.

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Kevin Harley
Total Film

A mischievous mash of mock-doc, magic show, lecture and comedy.

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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