Barfly Reviews

November 4, 2019
[What's] exciting about this raucously funny, offbeat salute to booze as a lifetime vocation is Mickey Rourke as its central soak Henry, a part closely modeled on poet-novelist Charles Bukowski.
March 17, 2012
Mickey Rourke gives a splendid performance as Bukowski's alter ego, the boozy, offbeat and eccentric writer, and he also brings the best out of Faye Dunaway as his unstable companion.
January 13, 2012
As I write about Barfly, I do seem to be talking myself into greater admiration for it, or at least into a sense of welcome design beneath its superficial inertia.
June 5, 2009
Charles Bukowski's semi-autobiographical short story-cum-screenplay is rich fodder for filmmaker Schroeder, who squeezes all the available juice out of it in a sensitively directed film
October 27, 2005
May 4, 2005
August 27, 2004
An audacious movie about skid-row existentialism.
April 8, 2004
January 5, 2004
Captures Bukowski well.
August 27, 2003
July 30, 2003
April 27, 2003
Rourke and Dunaway are dynamite
October 29, 2002
August 8, 2002
A terrific little film that features the best performance Mickey Rourke has ever given. It drags you into its world and makes you care about the characters.
January 1, 2000
The result is a truly original American movie, a film like no other, a period of time spent in the company of the kinds of characters Saroyan and O'Neill would have understood.