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Based on 12 Reviews
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  • 75
    San Francisco Chronicle

    The film is never dull. And director Yony Leyser has come up with an ending that will take your breath away. Burroughs would probably be proud. show more

  • 40
    Elizabeth Weitzman New York Daily News

    The author of "Naked Lunch" and his words were funny, freaky and sometimes just Out There. Yet as "there" became "here," Leyser shows, Burroughs seemed to be everywhere. show more

  • 60
    Frank Scheck The Hollywood Reporter

    Contains enough fascinating archival footage to make it worthy of interest. show more

  • 75
    Ty Burr Boston Globe

    A breezily stylized, very enjoyable trot through the writer's life, theme by theme, era by era. show more

  • 80
    Pam Grady Boxoffice Magazine

    Leyser has done his job with this, his first feature, burnishing Burroughs' legend and making manifest the enormous shadow he still casts over writers and artists of all stripe. show more

  • 40
    David Fear Time Out New York

    Reducing an influential genius to a bohemian Zelig with a firearm fetish misses the forest for the flaming metal trees; in Leyser's biographical interzone, the superficial trumps the truly subversive. show more

  • 75
    Entertainment Weekly

    A well-made but overly idolizing documentary. show more

  • 70
    Nick Pinkerton Village Voice

    Leyser's collation of interviews and stock footage is polished enough to effectively perpetuate the Burroughs legend. show more

  • 70
    Los Angeles Times

    "A Man Within" won't be the last word on Burroughs, who died in 1997, but it's a welcome addition to the biographical canon - less as clear-eyed investigation than for the intimate and moving portrait it paints. show more

  • 70
    Stephen Holden The New York Times

    It is all either blood-chilling or hilarious. For those who celebrate Burroughs as one of the darkest and greatest of all comic artists, he is an extreme social satirist of Swiftian stature, whose quasi-pornographic images offer a stark, ghastly/funny photonegative image of the American body politic. show more

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