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Factotum Reviews

December 1, 2006
The transplant didn't take in Barfly, and it works no better here in Factotum. In each case, the baying of the boozehounds just seems repetitious and banal -- the noise endures but the joy is gone.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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
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
September 20, 2006
Factotum is right up there with Barfly as a distillation of Bukowskian badinage, despite the current film's sketchier provenance.
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
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.
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.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
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
September 1, 2006
An aimless movie about an aimless man is still an aimless movie.
Full Review | Original Score: C
September 1, 2006
One of the few films that gets to the heart of what a writer does and how he does it, without the clichés of pages being torn from the typewriter, crumpled and tossed on the floor.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
August 31, 2006
While not really a complete film, Factotum functions as an atmospheric, diverting character study.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/5
August 31, 2006
This adaptation captures the late writer's unkempt soul.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
August 31, 2006
At times, the picture recalls Jim Jarmusch at his very best, with all the self-indulgent parts cut out.
Read More | Original Score: B
August 25, 2006
Wins you over even as it dares you to keep watching.
August 25, 2006
It's a deadpan comedy that looks upon the world with an honesty and impassiveness worthy of its protagonist -- and of the author standing behind him.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
August 25, 2006
Hamer illuminates Bukowski's dark, sleazy little corner. He makes us feel with Hank and, surprisingly, at times, feel for him.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
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
August 25, 2006
Hamer has created a tidy film about a fabulously messy man.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
August 25, 2006
Almost 20 years after Barfly, Factotum mostly feels... unnecessary.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
August 25, 2006
One of the more striking aspects of Hamer's wily adaptation is the way it undercuts the seedy glamour of the author's cult even as it reinforces it.
Full Review | Original Score: B
August 21, 2006
The beautiful joke of Factotum is that Dillon is nobility itself.
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 18, 2006
A seamy and funny adaptation of Charles Bukowski's 1975 novel Factotum.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
August 18, 2006
There are a few laughs -- and a corking hangover.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
August 18, 2006
A surprisingly satisfying film, true to Bukowski and itself, a work that manages to make the man and his profane world more palatable without compromising on who he was and what he stood for.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
August 17, 2006
Factotum is so sly and low-key hilarious that anybody can be in on the joke.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
August 17, 2006
Matt Dillon inhabits the role of Henry Chinanski, the alter ego of the writer Charles Bukowski, in Bent Hamer's adaptation of Bukowski's 1975 novel of the same name.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
August 17, 2006
In his finest performance since Drugstore Cowboy, Dillon plays Chinanski with funereal grandiosity, breathing in every particle of his self-destructiveness like a long, slow drag from a cigarette.
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 16, 2006
This is the sort of movie in which nothing happens -- in the worst sense.
Full Review | Original Score: C
August 16, 2006
Bukowski deserves better than this dismal, wearisome adaptation of his novel, and so do Bukowski's fans. Director Bent Hamer's movie is ugly, depressing and persistently off-putting.
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?
February 9, 2006
The film may be modest in its ambitions -- but achieves just as much anyway. Just terrific.
May 18, 2005
Arguably one of the best adaptations of Bukowski's work.
May 17, 2005
Bent Hamer mostly gets it right in Factotum, a sweetly observed character study