• Factotum
    2 minutes 57 seconds
    Added: May 9, 2008

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Factotum Reviews

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Josh Tyson
Stop Smiling

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.

Full Review Source: Stop Smiling

March 24, 2014
Luke Goodsell
Empire Magazine Australasia

A slouching portrait of Bukowski that's likeable, if superficial.

Full Review Source: Empire Magazine Australasia | Original Score: 3/5

November 7, 2012
Joshua Starnes
ComingSoon.net

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 Source: ComingSoon.net | Original Score: 6/10

March 22, 2011

Film4

An understated and atmospheric portrait of the artist as a young booze-hound built around a quiet but magnetic performance by Matt Dillon.

Full Review Source: Film4

August 20, 2010
Fernando F. Croce
CinePassion

Minimalism-a-thon, numb from the very start

Full Review Source: CinePassion

August 30, 2009
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed

Dillon is an utterly excellent actor without ego.

Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed | Original Score: 3/4

April 29, 2009
Tom Meek
Boston Phoenix

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 Source: Boston Phoenix | Original Score: 3/4

April 23, 2009
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com

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 Source: ColeSmithey.com | Original Score: B

April 20, 2009
Jonathan Kiefer
Sacramento News & Review

Wryly funny and understated and surprisingly easy to watch.

Full Review Source: Sacramento News & Review | Original Score: 4/5

August 7, 2008
Karina Longworth
Cinematical

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.'

Full Review Source: Cinematical

February 1, 2008
Joe Lozito
Big Picture Big Sound

Unfortunately -- like its lead character -- the film doesn't do much more than drift from one scene to another.

Full Review Source: Big Picture Big Sound | Original Score: 2.5/4

July 14, 2007
Anton Bitel
Eye for Film

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.

Full Review Source: Eye for Film

July 6, 2007
Matthew Turner
ViewLondon

The film unfolds at a leisurely pace and takes the form of a series of incidents and anecdotes, which works surprisingly well.

Full Review Source: ViewLondon | Original Score: 4/5

June 21, 2007
Rex Roberts
Film Journal International

Factotum isn't for everybody, certainly not the abstentious. But there's no denying it, Chinaski appeals to our inner anarchist.

Full Review Source: Film Journal International

February 22, 2007
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher

Dillon delivers with a cocky denseness that is at once hilarious and poignant...

Full Review Source: Flick Filosopher

January 12, 2007
Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
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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 Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 2/4

December 1, 2006
Liz Braun
Jam! Movies

Bleak-ish, inebriated and quite exhilarating in the full-on Bukowski fashion.

Full Review Source: Jam! Movies | Original Score: 3.5/5

December 1, 2006
Peter Howell
Toronto Star
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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 Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 2.5/4

December 1, 2006
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

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 Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews | Original Score: B+

November 4, 2006
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

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

October 6, 2006
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