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  • 75
    San Francisco Chronicle

    It's the portrait of an artist who had neither time nor respect for literary niceties -- he was, in the words of publisher John Martin, a "man of the street writing for the man of the street." show more

  • 75
    Jack Mathews New York Daily News

    He's not someone you may wish you'd known, but he's a fascinating street character. show more

  • 50
    The Hollywood Reporter

    Despite the fact there's no lack of raw material, Bukowski fails to place its subject's actions and statements in any psychological or literary context. It's simply a celebration of Bukowski's misogyny and self-abuse. show more

  • 88
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    How much was legend, how much was pose, how much was real? I think it was all real, and the documentary suggests as much. show more

  • 88
    Ty Burr Boston Globe

    Wants to claim Bukowski (1920-1994) as a 20th-century West Coast Walt Whitman -- a people's poet of modern degradation. Through a selective presentation of his writing and a reverently crass treatment of his life, it makes a funny, often intensely moving case, and you're having such a good time that you're glad to let it. show more

  • 75
    Chicago Tribune

    Raw and defining documentary about the man--and the myth. show more

  • 75
    David Sterritt Christian Science Monitor

    Excerpts from Schroeder's long video documentary about him, and from the flawed melodrama "Barfly" they made together, add more variety. show more

  • 75
    Megan Lehmann New York Post

    The dirty old man who became a cult poet and author was a true original, and every minute he's on screen, whether it's reading from his brutally honest work or musing on a hard-lived life for the cameras, it's hard to look away. show more

  • 75
    Baltimore Sun

    Some of the most affecting moments in the film show Bukowski walking the streets of his Los Angeles, a barren suburban hell, as he reads his poems and the words appear on and then fade from the screen. show more

  • 63
    Aaron Hillis Premiere

    Dullaghan's film is a bit too straightforward and introductory to be declared a definitive portraiture. The gold nuggets worth sifting for lie in the anecdotal minutiae. show more

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