Bartleby (2002)

Bartleby begins his new job in a public records company office near a freeway, with an air conditioner that vibrates and a window without a view. But his new boss has trouble coping with Bartleby's professional aspirations: to have no… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: May 24, 2002
DVD Release Date: July 8, 2003
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Critic Score: 35% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Bartleby is a rather dull affair, stretched over a too-long running time.

Eleanor Ringel Cater
Atlanta Journal-Constitution

What was subtle and mystifying in the novella is now broad and farcical.

John Monaghan
Detroit Free Press

The movie, like Bartleby, is something of a stiff -- an extra-dry office comedy that seems twice as long as its 83 minutes.

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Stefan Birgir Stefansson

could have been better

Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times

An intriguing near-miss.

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Joe Leydon

A much more successful translation than its most famous previous film adaptation, writer-director Anthony Friedman's similarly updated 1970 British production.

Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

The film was weird, but not funny or meaningful.

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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer

Except for Paymer as the boss who ultimately expresses empathy for Bartleby's pain, the performances are so stylized as to be drained of human emotion.

Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle

This is a shrewd and effective film from a director who understands how to create and sustain a mood.

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David Cornelius

Glover is perfect for the role, and Paymer lends a strange, almost addictive voice to his character's vocal style.

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Flixster Audience Score: 69% Flixster User Reviews
paul sandberg
Having seen the original film version of this back in the early 70's (with Paul Scofield I believe), I was intrigued; wondering if my teen impressions of… More