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Factotum

Based on Charles Bukowski's semi-autobiographical novel of the same name, this edgy drama centers on rootless jack-of-all-trades Henry Chinaski (Matt Dillon), a rebel writer with absolutely no desire to live a conventional life. Working blue-collar jobs in Minneapolis, Chinaski gets by just fine as long as he can indulge in his four primary loves: women, drinking, gambling and writing. Lili Taylor, Marisa Tomei and Fisher Stevens co-star.
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The transplant didn't take in Barfly, and it works no better here in Factotum. In each case, the baying of the boozehounds just seems repetitious and banal -- the noise endures but the joy is gone.
Rick Groen, Globe and Mail  full review
 
Quite dull, truth be told. As good as Dillon and Taylor are in their roles, making us side with them even as we despise them, there's not a whole lot that happens in a life ruled by the bottle, the butt and the shag.
Peter Howell, Toronto Star  full review
 
This is one of the best movies of the year, and one of the two or three best performances.
Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel  full review
 
Factotum is right up there with Barfly as a distillation of Bukowskian badinage, despite the current film's sketchier provenance.
Andrew Sarris, New York Observer  full review
 
Dillon is better now that he's settled into sturdy middle age. He makes more sense; I never got him as a Tiger Beat centerfold.
Amy Biancolli, Houston Chronicle  full review
 
I just didn't think the comic touches were very subtle and very funny and the other stuff we've just seen before.
Richard Roeper, Ebert & Roeper  full review
 
Dillon and director Hamer manage to give us a real Bukowski by avoiding the overly dramatic histrionics that sometimes marred Barbet Schroeder's similarly themed 1987 booze-drama, Barfly with Mickey Rourke.
Tirdad Derakhshani, Philadelphia Inquirer
 
An aimless movie about an aimless man is still an aimless movie.
Tom Long, Detroit News  full review
 
One of the few films that gets to the heart of what a writer does and how he does it, without the clich├ęs of pages being torn from the typewriter, crumpled and tossed on the floor.
Terry Lawson, Detroit Free Press  full review
 
While not really a complete film, Factotum functions as an atmospheric, diverting character study.
Bill Muller, Arizona Republic  full review
 
This adaptation captures the late writer's unkempt soul.
Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune
 
At times, the picture recalls Jim Jarmusch at his very best, with all the self-indulgent parts cut out.
Eleanor Ringel Gillespie, Atlanta Journal-Constitution  full review
 
Wins you over even as it dares you to keep watching.
Ann Hornaday, Washington Post  full review
 
It's a deadpan comedy that looks upon the world with an honesty and impassiveness worthy of its protagonist -- and of the author standing behind him.
Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle  full review
 
Hamer illuminates Bukowski's dark, sleazy little corner. He makes us feel with Hank and, surprisingly, at times, feel for him.
Michael Wilmington, Chicago Tribune  full review
 
In cherry-picking the more filmable episodes from the novel, Hamer and Stark have constructed a sort of poor man's Barfly, with an emphasis on drunken mischief.
J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader  full review
 
Hamer has created a tidy film about a fabulously messy man.
Ty Burr, Boston Globe  full review
 
The beautiful joke of Factotum is that Dillon is nobility itself.
Anthony Lane, New Yorker
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