80

Boxoffice Magazine

By Pam Grady
Leyser has done his job with this, his first feature, burnishing Burroughs' legend and making manifest the enormous shadow he still casts over writers and artists of all stripe.
Full Review
75

Entertainment Weekly

A well-made but overly idolizing documentary.
Full Review
75

San Francisco Chronicle

The film is never dull. And director Yony Leyser has come up with an ending that will take your breath away. Burroughs would probably be proud.
Full Review
75

Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
A breezily stylized, very enjoyable trot through the writer's life, theme by theme, era by era.
Full Review
70

Village Voice

By Nick Pinkerton
Leyser's collation of interviews and stock footage is polished enough to effectively perpetuate the Burroughs legend.
Full Review
70

Los Angeles Times

"A Man Within" won't be the last word on Burroughs, who died in 1997, but it's a welcome addition to the biographical canon - less as clear-eyed investigation than for the intimate and moving portrait it paints.
Full Review
70

The New York Times

By Stephen Holden
It is all either blood-chilling or hilarious. For those who celebrate Burroughs as one of the darkest and greatest of all comic artists, he is an extreme social satirist of Swiftian stature, whose quasi-pornographic images offer a stark, ghastly/funny photonegative image of the American body politic.
Full Review
60

The Hollywood Reporter

By Frank Scheck
Contains enough fascinating archival footage to make it worthy of interest.
Full Review
40

New York Daily News

By Elizabeth Weitzman
The author of "Naked Lunch" and his words were funny, freaky and sometimes just Out There. Yet as "there" became "here," Leyser shows, Burroughs seemed to be everywhere.
Full Review
40

Time Out New York

By David Fear
Reducing an influential genius to a bohemian Zelig with a firearm fetish misses the forest for the flaming metal trees; in Leyser's biographical interzone, the superficial trumps the truly subversive.
Full Review
63 out of 100
Generally favorable reviews
Metascore® based on all critic reviews. Scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.