Factotum (2006)

Norwegian director Bent Hamer follows up his quirky and critically acclaimed Kitchen Stories with a heartbreakingly humorous look at the life of depressive writer Hank Chinaski -- the fictional counterpart of real-life author Charles… More

Rated: R
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Release Date: August 18, 2006
DVD Release Date: December 26, 2006
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Critic Score: 76% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Matt Dillon's performance is the highlight of this somewhat slow but fascinating portrayal of Charles Bukowski's alter-ego.

Rick Groen
Globe and Mail

The transplant didn't take in Barfly, and it works no better here in Factotum. In each case, the baying of the boozehounds just seems repetitious and banal -- the noise endures but the joy is gone.

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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer

Factotum is right up there with Barfly as a distillation of Bukowskian badinage, despite the current film's sketchier provenance.

Josh Tyson
Stop Smiling

The fact that Chinaski can be ably transplanted from the '40s to the early 21st century, and from LA to MN, speaks to his endurance as American literature's preeminent antihero, and Dillon seems to have a firm grip on this notion.

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Peter Howell
Toronto Star

Quite dull, truth be told. As good as Dillon and Taylor are in their roles, making us side with them even as we despise them, there's not a whole lot that happens in a life ruled by the bottle, the butt and the shag.

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Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle

Dillon is better now that he's settled into sturdy middle age. He makes more sense; I never got him as a Tiger Beat centerfold.

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Luke Goodsell
Empire Magazine Australasia

A slouching portrait of Bukowski that's likeable, if superficial.

Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel

This is one of the best movies of the year, and one of the two or three best performances.

Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper

I just didn't think the comic touches were very subtle and very funny and the other stuff we've just seen before.

Joshua Starnes

Factotum is an existentialist indie film about the loneliness of the human condition, which is normally the cinematic equivalent of having a hole drilled in your head.

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Flixster Audience Score: 62% Flixster User Reviews
Bruce Bruce
I miss the whole point of this movie, and rather then watch it a second time, I rather have pins stuck in my eyeballs, The best part of the movie was the line… More
Ken Stachnik
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Deadbeat wannabe writer Henry Chinaski drifts from dead end job to dead end job while trying to hone his craft and find his next drink. Based on a hotch-potch… More
Chris Weber
This is my kind of movie. I myself am not a skid row bum, and I am not wanting or trying to become one, but I find stuff like this very fascinating. I am a… More
Ping Chu
At no point should you mistake this movie for being good. It is, in fact, a bad movie. It has a ton of inconsistencies and you rarely see 'Chinaski'… More
Michael Gildea
A fun and often dismal movie that does as its protagonist does-drunkenly, yet eloquently meanders around from scene to scene with no real plan. Matt… More