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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 78%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The first four letters say it all."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"Charles Bukowski's semi-autobiographical short story-cum-screenplay is rich fodder for filmmaker Schroeder, who squeezes all the available juice out of it in a sensitively directed film"
‑ Andrew L. Urban, Urban Cinefile
"Captures Bukowski well."
‑ Mark Robison, Reno Gazette-Journal
"Mickey Rourke gives a splendid performance as Bukowski's alter ego, the boozy, offbeat and eccentric writer, and he also brings the best out of Faye Dunaway as his unstable companion."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"A lowlife seriocomedy."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Rourke and Dunaway are dynamite"
‑ Clint Morris, Moviehole
"As I write about Barfly, I do seem to be talking myself into greater admiration for it, or at least into a sense of welcome design beneath its superficial inertia."
‑ Nick Davis, Nick's Flick Picks
"An audacious movie about skid-row existentialism."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"A terrific little film that features the best performance Mickey Rourke has ever given. It drags you into its world and makes you care about the characters."
‑ Larry Carroll,
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