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Factotum Reviews

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March 22, 2011
Factotum is an existentialist indie film about the loneliness of the human condition, which is normally the cinematic equivalent of having a hole drilled in your head.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
August 17, 2006
After a while, Factotum surrenders to monotony and only the performances are likely to retain the viewer's interest. There's probably an audience for this film, but I suspect it's not a large one.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
August 30, 2009
Minimalism-a-thon, numb from the very start
August 17, 2006
Seems more like a series of vignettes than a movie with an actual plot or story.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
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.
August 25, 2006
Almost 20 years after Barfly, Factotum mostly feels... unnecessary.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
December 1, 2006
Quite dull, truth be told. As good as Dillon and Taylor are in their roles, making us side with them even as we despise them, there's not a whole lot that happens in a life ruled by the bottle, the butt and the shag.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
July 14, 2007
Unfortunately -- like its lead character -- the film doesn't do much more than drift from one scene to another.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
August 19, 2006
Flip on the Independent Film Channel any day of the week, any hour, and chances are you'll find a movie like Factotum.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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
August 25, 2006
Hamer has created a tidy film about a fabulously messy man.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
September 1, 2006
An aimless movie about an aimless man is still an aimless movie.
Full Review | Original Score: C
July 13, 2006
This dramatically constrained art piece doesn't put anything mainstream in sight for Hamer's expressionless humor and social satire.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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
August 25, 2006
Save yourself the anguish and money. If you want to watch Matt Dillon that badly, rent 'Crash' again.
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August 25, 2006
If Bukowski's life was fascinating enough for him to put it into book form, Norwegian Bent Hamer's direction doesn't do it justice.
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August 10, 2006
When you're a writer you are compelled to write and this film captures that compulsion...but it's very slow.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
August 15, 2006
Bent Hamer's deadpan adaptation of the Charles Bukowski novel has an appealing listlessness, but it begs the question: Is there anything left to learn from this material?
August 18, 2006
While the acting is good, the narrative is flat and repetitious. The director doesn't connect the scenes into a meaningful character study.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
August 25, 2006
In cherry-picking the more filmable episodes from the novel, Hamer and Stark have constructed a sort of poor man's Barfly, with an emphasis on drunken mischief.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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