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Factotum Reviews

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Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
October 6, 2006
Dillon is play(s) ... still and deep but with a suggestion of a kind of social autism that prevents Hank from succeeding at even the most modest level of human enterprise.
| Original Score: 86/100
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
Marc Savlov
Austin Chronicle
September 23, 2006
Factotum, for all its grim grind, is funny-serious, and smart-stupid.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
September 22, 2006
This is one of the best movies of the year, and one of the two or three best performances.
| Original Score: 5/5
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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
September 20, 2006
Factotum is right up there with Barfly as a distillation of Bukowskian badinage, despite the current film's sketchier provenance.
Robert W. Butler
Kansas City Star
September 15, 2006
This adaptation of Charles Bukowski's semi-autobiographical novel doesn't whitewash a career boozer's life, but in this bleary world it finds a throbbing, deadpan hilarious vein of black humor.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle
September 15, 2006
Dillon is better now that he's settled into sturdy middle age. He makes more sense; I never got him as a Tiger Beat centerfold.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central
September 14, 2006
There's a masterpiece in here somewhere.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Paul Doro
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
September 14, 2006
The acting is excellent, and Factotum does not pull any punches as it wallows in the darker side of life.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Rob Thomas
Capital Times (Madison, WI)
September 14, 2006
An audience's appreciation for Bent Hamer's film rests largely on how much time they'll want to spend in Chinaski's well-worn groove.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Thomas Delapa
Boulder Weekly
September 13, 2006
Good tonic for anyone who's suffered the hangover of the American dream.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Ian Grey
Orlando Weekly
September 12, 2006
... when taking Bukowski at his sodden solipsistic word, there isn't much there there.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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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.
Jeremy Heilman
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
Jean Lowerison
San Diego Metropolitan
September 2, 2006
I know Bukowski is practically legendary in some circles; to me he is an unutterable bore.
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Tirdad Derakhshani
Philadelphia Inquirer
September 1, 2006
Dillon and director Hamer manage to give us a real Bukowski by avoiding the overly dramatic histrionics that sometimes marred Barbet Schroeder's similarly themed 1987 booze-drama, Barfly with Mickey Rourke.
| Original Score: 3/4
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
September 1, 2006
Hamer clearly understands the cracked, ruined beauty of Bukowski's poetry, and he has listened closely to the sentiments of a Bukowski line quoted in the film: 'If you're going to try, go all the way.'
| Original Score: 3/4
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Ted Fry
Seattle Times
September 1, 2006
Even the most bleary, bloodshot eyes will see a wrenching faithfulness of spirit in Matt Dillon's candid portrayal of Henry Chinaski, Bukowski's autobiographical doppelgänger.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
David Elliott
San Diego Union-Tribune
September 1, 2006
Approved by the writer's widow and estate, this may be the closest movies have come (outside of documentaries) to Bukowski.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
Shawn Levy
September 1, 2006
Warts and all, Factotum feels very close to the real thing.
| Original Score: B
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