William S. Burroughs: A Man Within
William S. Burroughs: A Man Within (2010)

Featuring never-before-seen archival footage of Burroughs, as well as exclusive interviews with colleagues and confidants including John Waters, Patti Smith, Iggy Pop, Gus Van Sant, Genesis Breyer P-Orridge, Sonic Youth, Laurie Anderson,… More

Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: February 15, 2011
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Critic Score: 87% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
David Lewis
San Francisco Chronicle

One fascinating tribute.

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Nick Pinkerton
Village Voice

Leyser's collation of interviews and stock footage is polished enough to effectively perpetuate the Burroughs legend.

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Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

Burroughs was a quasi-obsession of mine during my youth and young manhood, and he's the only Beat (including Keoroac) that I don't feel I have to some extent outgrown. He was also ... an extremely "strange ranger."

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Ty Burr
Boston Globe

Mostly, "A Man Within'' is a breezily stylized, very enjoyable trot through the writer's life, theme by theme, era by era.

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Keith Phipps
AV Club

At a mere 88 minutes, it feels a bit glancing. But as an introduction or refresher course, it gets the job done.

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Leslie Stonebraker
New York Press

Yony Leyser is unduly proud of being kicked out of film school, especially because his first feature film displays so many of the amateur mistakes that might have been solved by a couple more years in the classroom

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Stephen Holden
New York Times

There is not a word or image wasted in a documentary you wish ran an extra half-hour beyond its condensed 90 minutes.

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Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

This one is more geared toward people who aren't already fans, though fans will find much to enjoy.

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Gerald Peary
Boston Phoenix

Fairly disorganized in the telling and rather impersonally told by filmmaker Yony Leyser, this documentary biography of the stone-faced Beat author of The Naked Lunch is still worth seeing.

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Flixster Audience Score: 77% Flixster User Reviews
Rubia Carolina
"I have never been gay a day in my life and I'm sure as hell not a part of any movement" Burroughs was a deconstructor of labels (of any type)… More
Walter M.
The documentary "William S. Burroughs: A Man Within" proves that Peter Weller has starred in other movies except for "Robocop," namely… More
El Hombre Invisible
A Man Within is a very good film, one I think you should see, but it is stilted by a pet peevey error in pacing and a chronological mistake by bringing up… More
Greg S
Documentary on the famous literary outlaw, the cadaverous junkie novelist who beat the censors, and accidentally killed his wife playing "William… More