Barfly - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

Barfly Reviews

Page 1 of 26
September 26, 2017
A fantastically dark and dismal depiction of people who LOVE being dark and dismal. Henry (Rourke) and Wanda (Dunaway) are perfectly happy being drunk, broke, and in the gutter. They wouldn't have it any other way. Many negative reviews of this film use words like, Rotten, Dismal, Ugly, and Depressing. Well, yes that's exactly it. The picture has made it's point. A "Must see before you die" move (MSBUD)
March 27, 2017
An alcoholic spends time parting with his money and fighting the bartender at his favourite watering hole. The bar looked run down but on the plus side, it did have a Genesee sign inside. Not much really happens in this whole film, was surprised this came from the dynamic Golan-Globus production team. "How about another round for my frrr-iennnn-ds". Uh, no thanks.
October 15, 2016
161014: The mess that can be human life. Rourke still amazes me with this performance. His character seems exaggerated yet realistic at the same time. Dunaway compliments him perfectly and you almost feel you're a fly on the wall; a bar fly. Upon reflection, a realistic and disturbing love story. A story of family. A disfunctional family but a family nonetheless. You're drawn in and adopted for the duration of the film, then escape as the cycle continues.
August 8, 2016
Another 80's movie that I missed until right now. Over the top performance by Mickey Rourke, but that's what he does. Faye Dunaway is really good as his alcoholic girlfriend. The whole fighting Frank Stallone like 4 times is pretty dumb.
June 26, 2016
Only recently saw this, I was literally LOL and I hate that word, Mickey Rourke is amazing in this film.
½ May 9, 2016
Saga about alcoholics featuring fine performances from acclaimed performers.
February 22, 2016
The greatest movie ever - a good lesson on how to enjoy misery.
August 24, 2015
Idiotic, dull, and really who gives a shit.
July 23, 2015
Barbet Schroeder's adaptation of the great Charles Bukowski's script is amazing. At the time it came out I think it failed to fully connect with audience's because it's mix of "romance" with the darkly comical reality was so dramatically different from any films that had been made during the 1980's a lot of people were caught off guard.

Mickey Rourke's performance is part impersonation and part "Method" - it is a kind of woozy acting turn that challenges the audience to decide if we are watching a comedy or a tragedy. In it's own way, Rourke's work here is brilliant but seems intentionally off-key. It was also very shocking to see Rourke look like he did in this film at that time. This wasn't the scruffy erotic dare sort of work audiences were used to.

Faye Dunaway is truly brilliant. Her work in this film was tragically ignored. This is one of the few times I've seen Dunaway play against type and in opposition to her movie star persona. This is pre-plastic surgery Dunaway and an actor trying to escape the camp fever she created as Joan Crawford. While Cher was great in "Moonstruck" it still seems unfair that Dunaway's work failed to receive the praise it deserved.

The movie has aged incredibly well. Even at the time I first saw it I remember thinking it could have easily been set in the 1970's. It has a timeless feel.

It also captures the essence of Bukowski's personality, philosophy and legend. It was rumored that both Rourke and Dunaway detested Barbet Schroeder. This is all the more interesting as he somehow pulled them to give some of their finest acting work.
April 8, 2015
Misery loves company in this booze filled drama of life on the fringes.
½ March 21, 2015
Although I liked Bukowski's book, the film - not so much.
October 5, 2014
Micky Rourke is fantastic as Chinaski the character based on Bukowski himself. This film is funny, sad and philosophical but more important its a joy to watch.
½ September 28, 2014
One hour into the movie and I was out. Too gloomy, too colorless, too boring. We all fancy some social lubricants every now then, but god-help-me if Barfly isn't the alcoholic equivalent of pure greed. Sort of like Gekko but drunk all the time. As much as I appreciate Mr.Bukowski for his literary work and general view on life, I sure as hell wouldn't want to lead the life he did.
½ September 26, 2014
Barfly is a story about a bunch of losers two of them in particular, Henry and Wanda. Life is lived one day at a time. You never know what will happen next day, you never plan anything. Just is life. Henry and Wanda have some superb dialogues, couldn't be other way the screenplay was written by Charles Bukowski.
September 7, 2014
In my opinion, this is one of the best movies to come out of the 1980's. Faye Dunaway has not been this good since NETWORK and Mickey Rourke's work is at once comical and tragic. Everything about this movie just works brilliantly. A must see -- particularly if you love Bukowski.
August 3, 2014
I Loved Every Minute of This Picture!!!!
May 29, 2014
Mickey Rourke has his best performance here in the skid row of 1980's Los Angeles. He lives as close to the edge as any true artist must. Despite appearances, his character is not a bum but sort of a beautiful soul. You can call his motives perverse or you can call them noble, one things for sure though - he is entertaining every second he is on screen.
April 14, 2014
I'm not even that big of a fan of Bukoski's poetry or the man himself. This movie is funny, sweet, cruel and, I think, very re-watchable.
½ April 14, 2014
It was ok. Mickey Rourke used to be handsome.
April 4, 2014
With a screenplay by Charles Bukowski (bringing his own alter ego Henry Chinaski to life) and a killer performance by Mickey Rourke, there is much to enjoy here.
Page 1 of 26