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Bartleby (2002)



Critic Consensus: Bartleby is a rather dull affair, stretched over a too-long running time.

Movie Info

Bartleby begins his new job in a public records company office near a freeway, with an air conditioner that vibrates and a window without a view. But his new boss has trouble coping with Bartleby's professional aspirations: to have no ambition, no goal except to do no work at all and to stand still for hours, indeed days at a time, in the middle of the office.
PG-13 (for some sexual content)
Art House & International , Comedy , Drama
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Crispin Glover
as Bartleby
David Paymer
as The Boss
Glenne Headly
as Vivian
Joe Piscopo
as Rocky
Seymour Cassel
as Frank Waxman
Carrie Snodgress
as Book Publisher
Dick Martin
as The Mayor
Greta Danielle Newgren
as Narrator's Date
Stoney Burke
as Soup Kitchen Server
Ken Murakami
as Landlord
Terry Allen Jones
as New Tenant
Josh Kornbluth
as Property Manager
Stuart Klitsner
as Genetics Professor
Nick Scoggin
as Street Philosopher
Pete Marvel
as Repairman
Karen Argoud-Morrisey
as Ricky's French Girlfriend
Victoria Smith
as Rocky's Girlfriend No.2
Catherine DiNapoli
as Rocky's Girlfriend No.3
Louis Landman
as Police Officer
Robert Ernst
as Shut Up Man
James Carraway
as Fighting Vagrant
Tim Wiggins
as Fighting Vagrant
Howie Gordon
as Fighting Vagrant
Olivia Parker
as Little Girl in Donut Shop
Susan Renati
as Little Girl's Mother
Deanna Price
as Woman in Dumpster
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Critic Reviews for Bartleby

All Critics (54) | Top Critics (20)

What was subtle and mystifying in the novella is now broad and farcical.

November 4, 2002
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Top Critic

An intriguing near-miss.

Full Review… | June 21, 2002
Seattle Times
Top Critic

Except for Paymer as the boss who ultimately expresses empathy for Bartleby's pain, the performances are so stylized as to be drained of human emotion.

June 21, 2002
Philadelphia Inquirer
Top Critic

The movie, like Bartleby, is something of a stiff -- an extra-dry office comedy that seems twice as long as its 83 minutes.

Full Review… | June 14, 2002
Detroit Free Press
Top Critic

A much more successful translation than its most famous previous film adaptation, writer-director Anthony Friedman's similarly updated 1970 British production.

Full Review… | June 10, 2002
Top Critic

This is a shrewd and effective film from a director who understands how to create and sustain a mood.

Full Review… | June 7, 2002
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Bartleby

People who know me know that I love Crispin Glover, and all I can say here is that this movie succeeds thanks to an absolutely terrific performance from him. Not much to take away from it if you've previously read the short story. However, this is great interpretation, and Crispin Glover plays his part as the eccentric Bartelby absolutely perfectly.

Xinrui Chen
Xinrui Chen

Like dark and blac comedies? If not my suggestion is to stay away because the humor is just that. However I enjoyed t and found that Glover was perfect for the role and he fit it perfectly. He's got that creepy weird feel to him.

Bill Regan
Bill Regan

I enjoy Glover and Paymer, and this idea is interesting, but the film feels and looks flat. None of the jokes really fly and the end doesn't leave an impact. Seymour Cassel is great though.

Caleb McCandless
Caleb McCandless

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