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.
A slouching portrait of Bukowski that's likeable, if superficial.
| Original Score: 3/5
An understated and atmospheric portrait of the artist as a young booze-hound built around a quiet but magnetic performance by Matt Dillon.
Dillon is an utterly excellent actor without ego.
| Original Score: 3/4
The entire production hangs on Dillon, but he's up to the task, serving up Hank's heart with bottom-of-the-barrel bravado.
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.
| Original Score: B
Wryly funny and understated and surprisingly easy to watch.
| Original Score: 4/5
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.'
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.
The film unfolds at a leisurely pace and takes the form of a series of incidents and anecdotes, which works surprisingly well.
Factotum isn't for everybody, certainly not the abstentious. But there's no denying it, Chinaski appeals to our inner anarchist.
| Original Score: B+
Dillon delivers with a cocky denseness that is at once hilarious and poignant...
Bleak-ish, inebriated and quite exhilarating in the full-on Bukowski fashion.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
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.
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
Dillon is play(s) ... still and deep but with a suggestion of a kind of social autism that prevents Hank from succeeding at even the most modest level of human enterprise.
| Original Score: 86/100
Factotum, for all its grim grind, is funny-serious, and smart-stupid.
This is one of the best movies of the year, and one of the two or three best performances.
| Original Score: 5/5
Factotum is right up there with Barfly as a distillation of Bukowskian badinage, despite the current film's sketchier provenance.