Barfly (1987)

Henry Chinaski, a poet and alcoholic, spends his life in Los Angeles bars. One day he meets and falls in love with Wanda, also an alcoholic. Together they meet Tully Sorenson, who publishes some of Henry's poems, bringing Henry a brief… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Drama, Comedy
Release Date: October 16, 1987
DVD Release Date: September 3, 2002
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Critic Score: 74% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Gene Siskel
Chicago Tribune

Both characters are the kind of people who want to be left alone. That`s what you may feel like after you spend a few minutes with them.

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Nick Davis
Nick's Flick Picks

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.

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Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice

An audacious movie about skid-row existentialism.

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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

The first four letters say it all.

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Andrew L. Urban
Urban Cinefile

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

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Mark Robison
Reno Gazette-Journal

Captures Bukowski well.

Emanuel Levy

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.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

A lowlife seriocomedy.

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Clint Morris

Rourke and Dunaway are dynamite

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Flixster Audience Score: 82% Flixster User Reviews
Michael Gildea
Usually when you see two people in as rough a shape as Mickey Rourke and Faye Dunaway look on the poster you don't expect a hell of a lot of entertainment… More
Lafe Fredbjornson
A rotten and dismal film. I did like that it ended, exactly how it started.
Eric S
A brilliant film with what I believe to be Mickey Roarke's finest piece of work as an actor. The film was written by poet-author Charles Bukowski, and… More
Christopher Mercer
Disappointing, to say the least. I had never even heard of this movie, until it was covered in the documentary Bukowski: Born Into This - you see this script… More
jay nixon
Good acting can only help a film so far, this one is an ugly, depressing experience.
Mike T.
A very disappointing film considering the talent involved, but it's still worth a look for Bukowski enthusiasts. The screenplay is written by Charles… More