• Released
  • May 24, 2002
  • PG-13 , 1 hr 22 min
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Bartleby Synopsis
A manager (David Paymer) hires a strange employee (Crispin Glover) who refuses to work.
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San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
This is a shrewd and effective film from a director who understands how to create and sustain a mood.
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63

Miami Herald

By Charles Savage
Though this film can be clumsy, its ambitions are equally -- and admirably -- uncommercial.
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63

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
The film has been directed by Jonathan Parker; he adapted the Melville story with Catherine DiNapoli. It's his first work, and a promising...
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50

TV Guide

By Ken Fox
It's a testament to both the timelessness and the prescience of Herman Melville's 1853 story "Bartleby, the Scrivener" that it can be so...
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50

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Carrie Rickey
It's a parable as timely today as when it was written. But except for Paymer as the boss who ultimately expresses empathy for Bartleby's...
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40

Film Threat

By Ron Wells
Oh, boy. This is not unlike watching one of the movies Jerry Lewis made after that concentration camp/clown epic nearly destroyed his...
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40

Empire

By Nick Dawson
A fable that leaves us unenlightened at the end, it is a curious, worthy failure.
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38

New York Daily News

By Elizabeth Weitzman
Does little more than re-create the oppressive feeling of suffocating employment. And why put yourself through that experience without the...
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25

New York Post

By Megan Lehmann
There's obviously some philosophical comment on the alienating effects of ho-hum toil buried somewhere in this weird mess, which features...
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25

Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
It's no insult to Melville to say that he wrote, in effect, the original ''Dilbert.'' This movie, unfortunately, makes ''Dilbert'' look...
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Rated PG-13 | For some sexual content