Fur: An Imaginary Portrait of Diane Arbus
Fur: An Imaginary Portrait of Diane Arbus (2006)

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… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: November 10, 2006
DVD Release Date: May 8, 2007
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Critic Score: 32% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: This portrait of a groundbreaking photographer lacks the daring of its subject.

Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star

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.

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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News

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.

Cole Smithey

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.

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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail

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.

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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel

[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.

Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile

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.

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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post

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.

Eleanor Ringel Cater
Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Not a single frame of Fur conveys Arbus's distinctive vision ...

Enrique Buchichio
Uruguay Total

Una película diferente y para nada complaciente con el espectador, que permite aproximarse a una de las artistas más influyentes del siglo XX.

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Flixster Audience Score: 63% Flixster User Reviews
Greg S
Diane Arbus (Nicole Kidman) is an artistically repressed housewife whose creativity is awakened when a circus freak (Robert Downey Jr.) moves upstairs. An… More
Jim Hunter
The title cards before the film warn that this is not an historical biography, but I don't think that disclaimer releases the filmmakers from somehow… More
Rubia Carolina
"Fur: An Imaginary Portrait of Diane Arbus" could easily be a modern "Beauty and the Beast" directed by Tim Burton. I have to say that the… More
Wahida K
Brilliant Movie that makes you think after watching it.
Randy Tippy
"You see someone on the street, and essentially what you notice about them is the flaw." -Diane Arbus A provocative tribute to misunderstood genius,… More
Film Crazy
Its a pretty weird and quite a surreal film to be honest im not to shore wot to make of it and it takes talent for a film to leave you speechless coz you dont… More