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  • 75
    Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle

    A grim and sometimes funny examination of life on the margins and of a singular artist's world. show more

  • 63
    Elizabeth Weitzman New York Daily News

    Bukowski fans - and they are legion - may fill in the blanks from their own knowledge of the writer and find Factotum a more complete character study than it really is. For the rest of us, there are a few laughs - and a corking hangover. show more

  • 70
    Ray Bennett The Hollywood Reporter

    Matt Dillon is pitch-perfect as Bukowski's alter ego Hank Chinaski. show more

  • 75
    Michael Wilmington Chicago Tribune

    Factotum, starring Matt Dillon and Lili Taylor in two of their best film performances, is a good movie about the L.A. underbelly, as recalled by an expert: Charles Bukowski. show more

  • 75
    New York Post

    Each scene stumbles onto a detail of inspired absurdity or a crunchy bite of dialogue that encapsulates Chinaski's weird flavor of self-destruction. show more

  • 63
    Ken Fox TV Guide

    It is fragmented and episodic, and many of Bukowski's best bits are oddly truncated. show more

  • 63
    Ty Burr Boston Globe

    Looks steam-cleaned, and that can't be right. show more

  • 63
    James Berardinelli ReelViews

    After a while, Factotum surrenders to monotony and only the performances are likely to retain the viewer's interest. show more

  • 50
    Rick Groen The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

    Embracing such depths, Bukowski somehow made his art. Simulating them, Factotum just makes us queasy. show more

  • 80
    Eric Campos Film Threat

    Bukowski had a bunch of none too kind things to say about “Barfly" upon its release in the 80s, but, with Factotum, he'd do plenty of bitching and moaning as well, but deep down, Hank would approve. show more

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