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William S. Burroughs: A Man Within
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, Amiri Baraka, Jello Biafra, and David Cronenberg, WILLIAM S. BURROUGHS: A MAN WITHIN is a probing, yet loving look at the man whose works at once savaged conservative ideals, spawned countercultural movements, and reconfigured 20th century culture. The film is narrated by Peter Weller, with a soundtrack by Patti Smith and Sonic Youth. Burroughs was one of the… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 87%

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"One fascinating tribute."
‑ David Lewis, San Francisco Chronicle
"Leyser's collation of interviews and stock footage is polished enough to effectively perpetuate the Burroughs legend."
‑ Nick Pinkerton, Village Voice
"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.""
‑ Philip Martin, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
"The documentary persuasively argues that Burrough's most dangerous addiction might have been the refusal of love."
‑ Joseph Jon Lanthier, Slant Magazine
"It's a persuasive documentary; one that ought to gain Burroughs some new converts if the film itself can find a wide enough audience."
‑ Pam Grady, Boxoffice Magazine
"Mostly, "A Man Within'' is a breezily stylized, very enjoyable trot through the writer's life, theme by theme, era by era."
‑ Ty Burr, Boston Globe
"At a mere 88 minutes, it feels a bit glancing. But as an introduction or refresher course, it gets the job done."
‑ Keith Phipps, AV Club
"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"
‑ Leslie Stonebraker, New York Press
"Everything you need to know about a pioneering writer who took individuality to its furthest extremes."
‑ David Noh, Film Journal International
"There is not a word or image wasted in a documentary you wish ran an extra half-hour beyond its condensed 90 minutes."
‑ Stephen Holden, New York Times
"This one is more geared toward people who aren't already fans, though fans will find much to enjoy."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"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."
‑ Gerald Peary, Boston Phoenix
"it's difficult to imagine that Burroughs, the rare writer whose work can still shock after more than half a century, would have appreciated so many fine and noble sentiments on his behalf."
‑ Chris Barsanti, Filmcritic.com
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