Bukowski: Born into This
Bukowski: Born into This (2003)

Advertising writer John Dullaghan makes his feature-length directorial debut with the documentary Bukowski: Born Into This. The infamous poet, novelist, and screenwriter Charles Bukowski has made a legacy of writing about hard living in a… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: January 18, 2003
DVD Release Date: March 21, 2006
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Critic Score: 83% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: A thoroughly engrossing documentary examining the life of talented but troubled writer Charles Bukowski.

Jane Sumner
Dallas Morning News

An amazing, worthy journey.

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John Hartl
Seattle Times

Over a period of seven years, Dullaghan interviewed hundreds of people who knew or were affected by Bukowski. The result is both wide-ranging and intimate.

Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed

We witness Bukowski warts and all in his worst, in his best, and at his most violent--and we still love him for it.

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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News

Provides an overview of Bukowski's work and allows us to gaze into the soul of a man who built a fortress of toughness around his vulnerable core.

Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

How much was legend, how much was pose, how much was real? I think it was all real, and the documentary suggests as much.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

This thorough documentary is essential for the poet's fans.

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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post

The filmmaker knows when to shift the rhythm of his investigation. The authenticity of art is woven with the artifice of life.

Allison Benedikt
Chicago Tribune

Dullaghan's raw and defining documentary about the man -- and the myth.

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Matt McKillop

there is plenty of conflict to be found in the Bukowski's life and work, yet little of it makes its way into Born into This

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Flixster Audience Score: 89% Flixster User Reviews
Stella Dallas
moving documentary on the mad poet bukowski who never compromised his work. a powerful portrait of a brave yet fragile man who some would call an asshole
Mike T.
A heartfelt, interesting portrait of one of America's greatest writers. The presence of Bono felt completely out of place and even a bit intrusive, but… More