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Factotum

Rated R for language and sexual content.

R In Theaters 08/18/2006 , 94min.
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Variety
Arguably one of the best adaptations of Bukowski's work, even compared with Bukowski's own script for 1997's "Barfly," deadpan timing and ace perfs bring out the morose humor and surprising warmth in the often miserabilist scribe's voice. Full Review
Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
The film looks great on the screen, and Hamer has commissioned a terrific musical score from Kristin Asbjornsen, who has set a few of Bukowski's poems to haunting, jazzy music. Full Review
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. Full Review
James Berardinelli
ReelViews
After a while, Factotum surrenders to monotony and only the performances are likely to retain the viewer's interest. Full Review
Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
The result is 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

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