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Norwegian director Bent Hamer follows up his quirky and critically acclaimed Kitchen Stories with a heartbreakingly humorous look at the life of depressive writer Hank Chinaski -- the fictional counterpart of real-life author Charles Bukowski. Adapted from Bukowski's 1975 novel of the same name, Hamer's film follows the perpetually unemployed, alcohol-swilling Chinaski (Matt Dillon) as he drifts through the city streets in search of a job that won't come between him and his first love, writing. Consistently rejected by the only publishing house he respects but driven to continue by… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 76%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The transplant didn't take in Barfly, and it works no better here in Factotum. In each case, the baying of the boozehounds just seems repetitious and banal -- the noise endures but the joy is gone."
‑ Rick Groen, Globe and Mail
"Factotum is right up there with Barfly as a distillation of Bukowskian badinage, despite the current film's sketchier provenance."
‑ Andrew Sarris, New York Observer
"The fact that Chinaski can be ably transplanted from the '40s to the early 21st century, and from LA to MN, speaks to his endurance as American literature's preeminent antihero, and Dillon seems to have a firm grip on this notion."
‑ Josh Tyson, Stop Smiling
"An understated and atmospheric portrait of the artist as a young booze-hound built around a quiet but magnetic performance by Matt Dillon."
‑ , Film4
"The entire production hangs on Dillon, but he's up to the task, serving up Hank's heart with bottom-of-the-barrel bravado."
‑ Tom Meek, Boston Phoenix
"Quite dull, truth be told. As good as Dillon and Taylor are in their roles, making us side with them even as we despise them, there's not a whole lot that happens in a life ruled by the bottle, the butt and the shag."
‑ Peter Howell, Toronto Star
"Dillon is better now that he's settled into sturdy middle age. He makes more sense; I never got him as a Tiger Beat centerfold."
‑ Amy Biancolli, Houston Chronicle
"A slouching portrait of Bukowski that's likeable, if superficial."
‑ Luke Goodsell, Empire Magazine Australasia
"Minimalism-a-thon, numb from the very start"
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
"Norwegian director Bent Hamer ("Kitchen Stories") mines the rich literary soil of poet/novelist Charles Bukowski to issue forth a piquant cinematic showcase for Bukowski's talent and malaise."
‑ Cole Smithey, ColeSmithey.com
"This is one of the best movies of the year, and one of the two or three best performances."
‑ Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel
"I just didn't think the comic touches were very subtle and very funny and the other stuff we've just seen before."
‑ Richard Roeper, Ebert & Roeper
"Factotum is an existentialist indie film about the loneliness of the human condition, which is normally the cinematic equivalent of having a hole drilled in your head."
‑ Joshua Starnes, ComingSoon.net
"Dillon is an utterly excellent actor without ego."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"Wryly funny and understated and surprisingly easy to watch."
‑ Jonathan Kiefer, Sacramento News & Review
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