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Burroughs is a documentary portrait of a man who was willing to try everything, and who has so far survived everything. The one thing you miss in the film is the sound of laughter.
There is probably a better, more complete film to be made about Burroughs someday, but it will likely contain parts of this film that are irreplaceable.
Come for the bawdy anecdotes, stay for the defiantly soundbite-proof rambling.
Meticulous and entertaining...
One of the most intimate and intriguing portraits of the iconic author... This is no hagiography, with Burroughs captured at his inimitable best and cranky worst.
An oft-moving portrayal of one of literature's most prominent voices, an intimate and humanising account of a legend of twentieth-century American culture.
A far more revealing look at the man than anyone could have reasonably hoped for.
Like much of Burroughs' writing, the film has a shaggy dog tale quality, rambling along in a way which does not at first seem nearly as informative as it actually is, then bursting into moments of brilliant radicalism.
"Burroughs" goes deep, giving audiences an honest and real look at a genuine cult figure.
[Director Howard] Brookner does very little in the way of presenting the material with either wit or imagination.
The doc reminds us that in the early 1980s, William S. Burroughs's rediscovery in America was just underway, and it bears witness to this quiet renaissance.
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