William S. Burroughs: A Man Within Synopsis
The life and work of the novelist.
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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...
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75

Entertainment Weekly

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

Boston Globe

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

Village Voice

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

Los Angeles Times

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"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...
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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...
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60

The Hollywood Reporter

By Frank Scheck
Contains enough fascinating archival footage to make it worthy of interest.
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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,...
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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...
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Must See!!!

By hawkstara
This is a great movie to see that has a variety of sensitive subject matter. Definitely bring some tissues because the movie is touching. I don't recommend this for children below high school age....

Excellent!

By aitnyc
Excellent history of many important characters...

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Rated NR