Bukowski: Born into This
Bukowski: Born into This (2003)

Advertising writer John Dullaghan makes his feature-length directorial debut with the documentary Bukowski: Born Into This. The infamous poet, novelist, and screenwriter Charles Bukowski has made a legacy of writing about hard living in a… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: March 21, 2006
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Critic Score: 83% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: A thoroughly engrossing documentary examining the life of talented but troubled writer Charles Bukowski.

Jane Sumner
Dallas Morning News

An amazing, worthy journey.

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John Hartl
Seattle Times

Over a period of seven years, Dullaghan interviewed hundreds of people who knew or were affected by Bukowski. The result is both wide-ranging and intimate.

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Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed

We witness Bukowski warts and all in his worst, in his best, and at his most violent--and we still love him for it.

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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News

Provides an overview of Bukowski's work and allows us to gaze into the soul of a man who built a fortress of toughness around his vulnerable core.

Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

How much was legend, how much was pose, how much was real? I think it was all real, and the documentary suggests as much.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

This thorough documentary is essential for the poet's fans.

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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post

The filmmaker knows when to shift the rhythm of his investigation. The authenticity of art is woven with the artifice of life.

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Allison Benedikt
Chicago Tribune

Dullaghan's raw and defining documentary about the man -- and the myth.

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Matt McKillop

there is plenty of conflict to be found in the Bukowski's life and work, yet little of it makes its way into Born into This

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Flixster Audience Score: 89% Flixster User Reviews
Stella Dallas
moving documentary on the mad poet bukowski who never compromised his work. a powerful portrait of a brave yet fragile man who some would call an asshole
Mike T.
A heartfelt, interesting portrait of one of America's greatest writers. The presence of Bono felt completely out of place and even a bit intrusive, but… More