A fan-boy hagiography of a mean-spirited alcoholic rather than a serious examination of a powerful writer and his writings.
Provides an overview of Bukowski's work and allows us to gaze into the soul of a man who built a fortress of toughness around his vulnerable core.
The filmmaker knows when to shift the rhythm of his investigation. The authenticity of art is woven with the artifice of life. full review
How much was legend, how much was pose, how much was real? I think it was all real, and the documentary suggests as much. full review
Dullaghan's raw and defining documentary about the man -- and the myth. full review
A portrait of a sometimes surly, often foulmouthed, always brilliant artist that is at once humane, horrific, hilarious and deeply moving. full review
It is wide-ranging, it is fair, it is thorough, and although it admires, it is also tough enough to condemn. full review
A great documentary about a fine writer and horrible human being. full review
Accomplishes beautifully what it sets out to do, which is to reveal the man behind the crusty, hard-drinking, tough-talking persona Charles Bukowski so artfully crafted. full review
As a thorough examination of what made this boozing, brawling womanizer tick, Born Into This can't be beat.
Without straining, this definitive, deeply engrossing film biography makes a strong case for Charles Bukowski as a major American poet. full review
Speaks for the idolaters without apology. Yet it maintains just enough level-headedness to show the darker, not-so-admirable aspects of the Bukowski legend. full review
Charles Bukowski, the bard of post-war L.A.'s working-class underbelly, was no ordinary cult writer, and John Dullaghan's thorough, compelling doc Bukowski: Born Into This does a credible job of showing why. full review
'Poet laureate of the gutter,' ranter, sexual boaster, bane of the middle class and lifelong outcast, the writer cultivated a persona that begs for documentary treatment, and he gets a good one in Bukowski: Born Into This. full review
You come out of the theater wanting to beeline to a bookstore, grab a copy of Post Office or Love Is a Dog From Hell, and adjust your opinion as necessary. full review
It reveals Bukowski to be a far grander artist than his bum's armor would suggest. full review