Bukowski: Born into This Image

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  • Summary: The first comprehensive documentary on author Charles Bukowski, one of those rare writers whose work created a myth of epic proportions around its creator. (Magnolia Pictures)
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  1. Positive: 21 out of 25
  2. Negative: 0 out of 25
  1. 100
    Bukowski is one of my all time favorite writers and now I have an all new respect for the man thanks to John Dullaghan’s phenomenal film. I’ll be breaking out “Post Office,” “Ham On Rye,” and “Notes of a Dirty Old Man” again very soon.
  2. 90
    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.
  3. 89
    The bulk, the heft, and the girth of Bukowski: Born Into This arrives in the form of the author himself, giving beery readings to Berkeley audiences clearly enjoying a contact high or sitting, ill-kempt but quiet, pensive, Heineken in one yellowy paw, in his apartment.
  4. 80
    This documentary profile of poet and novelist Charles Bukowski exploits the writer's counterculture persona but also works to dispel it, revealing a gifted and extremely complicated man.
  5. He's not someone you may wish you'd known, but he's a fascinating street character.
  6. Reviewed by: Stephen Kiehl
    Some of the most affecting moments in the film show Bukowski walking the streets of his Los Angeles, a barren suburban hell, as he reads his poems and the words appear on and then fade from the screen.
  7. 50
    Goes to great lengths to show the man-child behind the barfly, but in its rush to deify its subject, it lacks critical voices and context.

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  1. Positive: 9 out of 10
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 10
  3. Negative: 1 out of 10
  1. JasonJ
    Jul 12, 2007
    Anyone who did not like this documentary should be banished from society. Surrender - where ever you are - you have failed the test as a human being. Pirates of the Caribbean and Spider Man were tests sent by God. If you enjoyed them, you failed. Watch (and read) Bukowksi, appreciate it, and perhaps you will get a reprieve from Him. Suckers. Expand
  2. Mick.
    Dec 26, 2005
    One of the best things made on the life of.
  3. Gerry
    Apr 5, 2006
    Where have I been the last 40 years! The Beats are great but this guy is incredible and this documentary seems to have profilied him particularly well. Expand
  4. Johana
    Mar 17, 2009
    Great documentary. shows how Bukowski was a raw and unfiltered writer.
  5. [Anonymous]
    Apr 29, 2006
    This is a must-see for anyone who is a fan of Bukowski. A lot of this footage is unique, never seen before home movies, interspersed with an ongoing interview with German television. Expand

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