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  • Summary: Based on the novel by Charles Bukowski, Factotum is the story of a man living on the edge; a writer who risks everything, tries anything, and finds poetry in life's pleasure and pain. (IFC Films)
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  1. Positive: 21 out of 25
  2. Negative: 0 out of 25
  1. Factotum is so sly and low-key hilarious that anybody can be in on the joke.
  2. 80
    The film looks great on the screen, and Hamer has commissioned a terrific musical score from Kristin Asbjornsen, who has set a few of Bukowski's poems to haunting, jazzy music.
  3. 80
    This is also an acidly funny work, even if the humor is that of a man who drinks to stave off the pain and madness of sobriety. In his finest performance since "Drugstore Cowboy," Dillon plays Chinanski with funereal grandiosity.
  4. Matt Dillon is pitch-perfect as Bukowski's alter ego Hank Chinaski.
  5. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    63
    It is fragmented and episodic, and many of Bukowski's best bits are oddly truncated.
  6. Reviewed by: Melissa Levine
    50
    None of it goes anywhere. It's just stylized alcoholism with a tired wink.

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  1. Positive: 7 out of 13
  2. Negative: 4 out of 13
  1. Feb 17, 2014
    9
    Funny, sad, and nice to look at, this film has a great small cast. Has a languid pace but is never boring. The changes in fortune of the the protagonist Henry, an alcoholic writer, is always on the precipice of abject failure or (relative) success. Matt Dillon seems very authentic, very believable in his role. Stands a second viewing. Expand

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