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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 19
  2. Negative: 5 out of 19
  1. Mr. Parker has brilliantly updated his source and grasped its essence, composing a sorrowful and hilarious tone poem about alienated labor, or an absurdist workplace sitcom, as if a team of French surrealists had been put in charge of "The Drew Carey Show."
  2. Reviewed by: David Edelstein
    80
    The neat thing about Jonathan Parker's modern-day Bartleby (Outsider Pictures) is that it brings out all the vaudeville undercurrents in Melville's dark tale and turns it into a surreal tragi-sitcom for our own era.
  3. 63
    Though this film can be clumsy, its ambitions are equally -- and admirably -- uncommercial.
  4. Reviewed by: Nick Dawson
    40
    A fable that leaves us unenlightened at the end, it is a curious, worthy failure.
  5. Reviewed by: Ron Wells
    40
    Oh, boy. This is not unlike watching one of the movies Jerry Lewis made after that concentration camp/clown epic nearly destroyed his career and his mind.
  6. Comes across as stiff and uneven.
  7. 20
    The loud, musty production design -- steeped in lime greens and tangerine oranges -- smells of recirculated air and enervated ambition, but unfortunately, so does the movie itself.

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