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Factotum Reviews

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Josh Tyson
Stop Smiling
March 24, 2014
The fact that Chinaski can be ably transplanted from the '40s to the early 21st century, and from LA to MN, speaks to his endurance as American literature's preeminent antihero, and Dillon seems to have a firm grip on this notion.
Luke Goodsell
Empire Magazine Australasia
November 7, 2012
A slouching portrait of Bukowski that's likeable, if superficial.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Joshua Starnes
March 22, 2011
Factotum is an existentialist indie film about the loneliness of the human condition, which is normally the cinematic equivalent of having a hole drilled in your head.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10

August 20, 2010
An understated and atmospheric portrait of the artist as a young booze-hound built around a quiet but magnetic performance by Matt Dillon.
Fernando F. Croce
August 30, 2009
Minimalism-a-thon, numb from the very start
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
April 29, 2009
Dillon is an utterly excellent actor without ego.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Tom Meek
Boston Phoenix
April 23, 2009
The entire production hangs on Dillon, but he's up to the task, serving up Hank's heart with bottom-of-the-barrel bravado.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Cole Smithey
April 20, 2009
Norwegian director Bent Hamer ("Kitchen Stories") mines the rich literary soil of poet/novelist Charles Bukowski to issue forth a piquant cinematic showcase for Bukowski's talent and malaise.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Jonathan Kiefer
Sacramento News & Review
August 7, 2008
Wryly funny and understated and surprisingly easy to watch.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Karina Longworth
February 1, 2008
Will not please devotees of narrative closure, but it's a must for anyone who lives by our hero's credo: 'If you're going to try, go all the way. Otherwise, don't try at all.'
Joe Lozito
Big Picture Big Sound
July 14, 2007
Unfortunately -- like its lead character -- the film doesn't do much more than drift from one scene to another.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Anton Bitel
Eye for Film
July 6, 2007
This portrait of an artist as a young sot reels and swaggers towards some kind of redemptive conclusion but, in a truly bold move on the part of the filmmakers, never quite gets there.
Matthew Turner
June 21, 2007
The film unfolds at a leisurely pace and takes the form of a series of incidents and anecdotes, which works surprisingly well.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Rex Roberts
Film Journal International
February 22, 2007
Factotum isn't for everybody, certainly not the abstentious. But there's no denying it, Chinaski appeals to our inner anarchist.
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher
January 12, 2007
Dillon delivers with a cocky denseness that is at once hilarious and poignant...
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
December 1, 2006
The transplant didn't take in Barfly, and it works no better here in Factotum. In each case, the baying of the boozehounds just seems repetitious and banal -- the noise endures but the joy is gone.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Liz Braun
Jam! Movies
December 1, 2006
Bleak-ish, inebriated and quite exhilarating in the full-on Bukowski fashion.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
December 1, 2006
Quite dull, truth be told. As good as Dillon and Taylor are in their roles, making us side with them even as we despise them, there's not a whole lot that happens in a life ruled by the bottle, the butt and the shag.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
November 4, 2006
It's not a great film but it might seem great because it does justice to the life force of an exceptional man who had something to say about not being mediocre.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
October 6, 2006
At its best when it taps into the allure of indolence: The almost scandalous feeling of freedom that comes from sitting on a barstool in midafternoon, without a job, a schedule or responsibilities.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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