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Barfly (1987)

TOMATOMETER

Average Rating: 6.6/10
Reviews Counted: 18
Fresh: 14
Rotten: 4

Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.

No Top Critics Tomatometer score yet...

Average Rating: N/A
Reviews Counted: 2
Fresh: 1
Rotten: 1

AUDIENCE SCORE

Average Rating: 3.8/5
User Ratings: 7,437

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Movie Info

Henry Chinaski, a poet and alcoholic, spends his life in Los Angeles bars. One day he meets and falls in love with Wanda, also an alcoholic. Together they meet Tully Sorenson, who publishes some of Henry's poems, bringing Henry a brief shot at fame and fortune. But, Henry and Wanda have only one real goal in life: drinking to numb the pain they feel outside the bars of Los Angeles.

Rating:
R (adult situations/language, nudity, violence)
Genre:
Drama , Comedy
Directed By:
Written By:
Charles Bukowski
In Theaters:
On DVD:
Sep 3, 2002
Runtime:
Cannon Releasing


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Critic Reviews for Barfly

All Critics (24) | Top Critics (7) | Fresh (14) | Rotten (4) | DVD (10)

The first four letters say it all.

Full Review… | March 23, 2010
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Mickey Rourke gives a splendid performance as Bukowski's alter ego, the boozy, offbeat and eccentric writer, and he also brings the best out of Faye Dunaway as his unstable companion.

Full Review… | March 17, 2012
EmanuelLevy.Com

As I write about Barfly, I do seem to be talking myself into greater admiration for it, or at least into a sense of welcome design beneath its superficial inertia.

Full Review… | January 13, 2012
Nick's Flick Picks

Charles Bukowski's semi-autobiographical short story-cum-screenplay is rich fodder for filmmaker Schroeder, who squeezes all the available juice out of it in a sensitively directed film

Full Review… | June 5, 2009
Urban Cinefile

A lowlife seriocomedy.

Full Review… | July 20, 2006
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

An audacious movie about skid-row existentialism.

Full Review… | August 27, 2004
Spirituality and Practice

Captures Bukowski well.

January 5, 2004

Rourke and Dunaway are dynamite

April 27, 2003
Moviehole

A terrific little film that features the best performance Mickey Rourke has ever given. It drags you into its world and makes you care about the characters.

August 8, 2002
Countingdown.com

Audience Reviews for Barfly

½

Usually when you see two people in as rough a shape as Mickey Rourke and Faye Dunaway look on the poster you don't expect a hell of a lot of entertainment out of that movie. Just honest misery. Fortunately, the late Charles Bukowski wrote Barfly and its entertaining as all hell. Rourke appropriately seems to play a mumbling caricature of Bukowski and a still attractive Dunaway fits the bill nicely. The soundtrack is outstanding and for as much as Bukowski's script shuffles along as Hank Chinaski himself does, its definitely hysterical and you don't really seem to mind. Cram that in with director Barbet Schroeder's talent for filling the movie with all kinds of grit and characters and the good times are rolling...

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Michael Gildea

Super Reviewer

A brilliant film with what I believe to be Mickey Roarke's finest piece of work as an actor. The film was written by poet-author Charles Bukowski, and Roarke's character is based on Bukowski himself.
Henry(Roarke) spends most of his time at the bar, getting into the occasional fistfight with the bartender Eddie which is so well portrayed by Frank Stallone, and gets involved with a haggard alcoholic portrayed by Faye Dunaway. Henry puts all the money he wins from his streetfights into his drink of choice, scotch and water, and occasionally buys one for the house, "To all my friends!"
There's really not much going on with the story itself, but this film is simply entertaining, and manages to keep some humor in it's dim premise. Simplicity is usually better, and this film is a good example of what can be done when the right group of artists are put together.

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Eric S

Super Reviewer

½

Good acting can only help a film so far, this one is an ugly, depressing experience.

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jay nixon

Super Reviewer

A rotten and dismal film. I did like that it ended, exactly how it started.

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Lafe Fredbjornson

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Barfly Quotes


Henry Chinaski:
Your mother's cunt stinks like carpet cleaner.
– Submitted by Vortex T (21 months ago)
Henry Chinaski:
Some people never go crazy. What truly horrible lives they must lead.
– Submitted by Vortex T (21 months ago)
Henry Chinaski:
Don't worry, nobody's loved me yet.
– Submitted by Sean T (2 years ago)
Henry Chinaski:
It takes a special talent to be a drunk. It takes endurance.
– Submitted by Kara K (3 years ago)

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