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Factotum Reviews

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March 24, 2014
The fact that Chinaski can be ably transplanted from the '40s to the early 21st century, and from LA to MN, speaks to his endurance as American literature's preeminent antihero, and Dillon seems to have a firm grip on this notion.
November 7, 2012
A slouching portrait of Bukowski that's likeable, if superficial.
| Original Score: 3/5
August 20, 2010
An understated and atmospheric portrait of the artist as a young booze-hound built around a quiet but magnetic performance by Matt Dillon.
April 29, 2009
Dillon is an utterly excellent actor without ego.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
April 23, 2009
The entire production hangs on Dillon, but he's up to the task, serving up Hank's heart with bottom-of-the-barrel bravado.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
April 20, 2009
Norwegian director Bent Hamer ("Kitchen Stories") mines the rich literary soil of poet/novelist Charles Bukowski to issue forth a piquant cinematic showcase for Bukowski's talent and malaise.
Full Review | Original Score: B
August 7, 2008
Wryly funny and understated and surprisingly easy to watch.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
February 1, 2008
Will not please devotees of narrative closure, but it's a must for anyone who lives by our hero's credo: 'If you're going to try, go all the way. Otherwise, don't try at all.'
July 6, 2007
This portrait of an artist as a young sot reels and swaggers towards some kind of redemptive conclusion but, in a truly bold move on the part of the filmmakers, never quite gets there.
June 21, 2007
The film unfolds at a leisurely pace and takes the form of a series of incidents and anecdotes, which works surprisingly well.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
February 22, 2007
Factotum isn't for everybody, certainly not the abstentious. But there's no denying it, Chinaski appeals to our inner anarchist.
February 16, 2007
Full Review | Original Score: B+
January 12, 2007
Dillon delivers with a cocky denseness that is at once hilarious and poignant...
December 1, 2006
Bleak-ish, inebriated and quite exhilarating in the full-on Bukowski fashion.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/5
November 4, 2006
It's not a great film but it might seem great because it does justice to the life force of an exceptional man who had something to say about not being mediocre.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
October 6, 2006
At its best when it taps into the allure of indolence: The almost scandalous feeling of freedom that comes from sitting on a barstool in midafternoon, without a job, a schedule or responsibilities.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
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.
Read More | Original Score: 86/100
September 23, 2006
Is it just me or is Matt Dillon just getting better with age?
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
September 23, 2006
Factotum, for all its grim grind, is funny-serious, and smart-stupid.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
September 22, 2006
This is one of the best movies of the year, and one of the two or three best performances.
Read More | Original Score: 5/5
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