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A documentary on the expletive's origin, why it offends some people so deeply, and what can be gained from its use.

Actors: Janeane Garofalo , Sam Donaldson , John Crossley , Billy Connolly , Chuck D , Drew Carey , Benjamin C. Bradlee , Pat Boone , Steven Bochco , Reinhold Aman
Directors: Steve Anderson
Country: USA
Release: 2007-11-10
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  • Sally Foster

    Provides a highly provocative and humorous overview of a word that, love it or hate it, undoubtedly holds more power than its measly four letters might suggest. All in all, I'd have to say that this film was entertaining as f*ck.

    Film Threat Full Review
  • John Patterson

    Profound and joyously silly at the same time.

    L.A. Weekly Full Review
  • Marjorie Baumgarten

    F*ck manages to strip some of the mystique from the forbidden word, and in the end, despite some road bumps, is a satisfying f*lm.

    Austin Chronicle Full Review
  • Wesley Morris

    Despite the appearance of numerous free-speaking conservatives, the movie's partisanship leans nakedly to the left.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • Michael Rechtshaffen

    A lively and often enlightening documentary.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • John Anderson

    The offensive word that provides the title for Steven Anderson's penetrating documentary/social critique has either enriched or infected Western culture to the point that we're either drowning in a "floodtide of filth" or blessed with the best verbal relief valve ever devised by man.

    Variety Full Review
  • Carina Chocano

    Often surprising and thought-provoking (the urge to euphemize is characterized as a drift away from reality), "****" is as funny and cathartic as the word it celebrates, and nearly as perversely shock-happy.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • A.O. Scott

    Is this evidence of cultural decline? It's hard to think of a short answer that wouldn't be made more vivid by the insertion of the forbidden word. So skip it. No, not the movie. What, are you kidding me? No way. Go. Help yourself.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Jonathan Rosenbaum

    If you're wondering how Steve Anderson managed to make a 93-minute documentary about the ultimate four-letter word, which uses the epithet over 800 times, you're underestimating his capacity to entertain and educate in roughly equal doses.

    Chicago Reader Full Review
  • Noel Murray

    The movie doesn't add much to the culture wars, beyond histrionics from a lot of people who take their causes too f*cking seriously.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Shawn Levy

    There's a sense of self-satisfied naughtiness to the film that undercuts any claims it can make to being transgressive.

    Portland Oregonian Full Review
  • Michael Phillips

    The film works best when widening its focus to include the Federal Communications Commission's often baffling and hypocritical stances regarding what's OK to say, or show, on TV and radio, and what isn't.

    Chicago Tribune Full Review
  • Andrew O'Hehir

    It's essentially a mishmash of random ingredients, not very systematically presented and skewed to flatter its audience's presumed enlightenment. Full Review
  • Rob Nelson

    Aside from the historically worthy identification of General George S. Patton as a pioneering potty mouth, the film contains little or nothing in the way of surprise.

    Village Voice Full Review
  • Lisa Schwarzbaum

    Examination of one of the English language's most useful utterances and why the sound packs such a friggin' wallop.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Jack Mathews

    Filmmaker Steve Anderson stuffs an astonishing 800-plus mentions of the F-word into this 90-minute documentary. When the spectacle ends, the same question lingers: Why?

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • Ken Fox

    Much ado about nothing much at all.

    TV Guide Magazine Full Review
  • Mick LaSalle

    Often the movie seems like a lot of empty-headed blather, with one side hating the First Amendment and the other side unable to find a better use for it but to say the f-word.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Stephen Hunter

    A documentary on the F-word that manages to amuse superficially until it moves into its seventh hour, at which point it grows wearisome.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Jennie Punter

    In the end, F*CK is at most a compendium of opinions and examples, and never feels like a story. Still, great casting and inventive visuals make it an entertaining big-screen experience -- and don't expect to catch it later on network television (otherwise it would have to be retitled BL**P).

    The Globe and Mail (Toronto) Full Review
  • Bill White

    The most dishonest thing about this ranting montage of a movie is its technique of panning between opposing viewpoints to simulate debate, when in fact each of the more than 35 celebrities was separately interviewed.

    Seattle Post-Intelligencer Full Review
  • Scott Warren

    The film is ultimately so repetitive, un-enlightening and lacking in substance, even Drew Carey seems bored by the end when he asks, "When are you guys going to make the 'c*nt' documentary?"

    Premiere Full Review
  • Lou Lumenick

    Rarely has a documentary been so pleased with itself - with so little justification.

    New York Post Full Review
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