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Factotum Reviews

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Joshua Starnes
ComingSoon.net
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
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
August 17, 2006
After a while, Factotum surrenders to monotony and only the performances are likely to retain the viewer's interest. There's probably an audience for this film, but I suspect it's not a large one.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Fernando F. Croce
CinePassion
August 30, 2009
Minimalism-a-thon, numb from the very start
Edward Douglas
ComingSoon.net
August 17, 2006
Seems more like a series of vignettes than a movie with an actual plot or story.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
September 5, 2006
I just didn't think the comic touches were very subtle and very funny and the other stuff we've just seen before.
Jim Emerson
RogerEbert.com
August 25, 2006
Almost 20 years after Barfly, Factotum mostly feels... unnecessary.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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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
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
Jeremiah Kipp
Slant Magazine
August 19, 2006
Flip on the Independent Film Channel any day of the week, any hour, and chances are you'll find a movie like Factotum.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Jeremy Heilman
MovieMartyr.com
September 2, 2006
Despite Hamer's deadpan, frequently wordless staging of his finely shot scenes, the end result is a disappointingly literal portrayal of a twentieth-century poet's life.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
August 25, 2006
Hamer has created a tidy film about a fabulously messy man.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
September 1, 2006
An aimless movie about an aimless man is still an aimless movie.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Jules Brenner
Cinema Signals
July 13, 2006
This dramatically constrained art piece doesn't put anything mainstream in sight for Hamer's expressionless humor and social satire.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
October 4, 2006
A more apt title for this film might be - Alcoholic writers who can't hold a job and the low-life women who love them.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Jeanne Kaplan
Kaplan vs. Kaplan
August 25, 2006
Save yourself the anguish and money. If you want to watch Matt Dillon that badly, rent 'Crash' again.
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David Kaplan
Kaplan vs. Kaplan
August 25, 2006
If Bukowski's life was fascinating enough for him to put it into book form, Norwegian Bent Hamer's direction doesn't do it justice.
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Tony Medley
tonymedley.com
August 10, 2006
When you're a writer you are compelled to write and this film captures that compulsion...but it's very slow.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
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Melissa Levine
Village Voice
August 15, 2006
Bent Hamer's deadpan adaptation of the Charles Bukowski novel has an appealing listlessness, but it begs the question: Is there anything left to learn from this material?
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Lisa Rose
Newark Star-Ledger
August 18, 2006
While the acting is good, the narrative is flat and repetitious. The director doesn't connect the scenes into a meaningful character study.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
August 25, 2006
In cherry-picking the more filmable episodes from the novel, Hamer and Stark have constructed a sort of poor man's Barfly, with an emphasis on drunken mischief.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Brian Gibson
Film School Rejects
October 18, 2008
Jennie Kermode
Movie Gurus
November 9, 2011

Film Ireland Magazine
January 31, 2006
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