Up 2,427 this week

Bartleby (2001)

PG-13  |   |  Comedy, Drama, Mystery  |  10 March 2001 (USA)
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.4/10 from 1,505 users   Metascore: 48/100
Reviews: 34 user | 31 critic | 19 from

A clueless boss has no idea what to do with his mundane office worker whose refusal of duties only gets worse each passing minute.



(story), (screenplay), 1 more credit »
0Check in

On Disc

at Amazon

TV Spotlight: The Top 10 Episodes of "The Walking Dead"

We've curated a list of the top 10 episodes of "The Walking Dead" according to the IMDb user ratings.

Read More

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 336 titles
created 12 Mar 2012
a list of 24 titles
created 29 Jul 2012
a list of 30 titles
created 19 Jan 2014
a list of 32 titles
created 24 Jan 2014
a list of 48 titles
created 2 months ago

Related Items

Search for "Bartleby" on

Connect with IMDb

Share this Rating

Title: Bartleby (2001)

Bartleby (2001) on IMDb 6.4/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Bartleby.
1 nomination. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Rubin and Ed (1991)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

Reclusive Rubin Farr teams up with vocal but unsuccessful multi-level salesman Ed Tuttle on a quest to bury Rubin's dead cat in the "perfect spot." Their trip takes them across Utah's ... See full summary »

Director: Trent Harris
Stars: Crispin Glover, Howard Hesseman, Karen Black
What Is It? (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

What Is It? is a bewildering, unnerving, surreal, blackly comic film from the visionary mind of Crispin Glover that tells the inner and outer struggles of a young man facing villains and demons on multiple planes.

Director: Crispin Glover
Stars: Michael Blevis, Carlos Richardson, Lisa Fusco
Willard (2003)
Drama | Horror | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

A young man with an unusual connection to rats uses them at his own sociopathic will.

Director: Glen Morgan
Stars: Crispin Glover, R. Lee Ermey, Laura Harring
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

An autobiographical, psycho-sexual, fantastical retelling of Steven C. Stewart's point-of-view of life.

Directors: David Brothers, Crispin Glover
Stars: Margit Carstensen, Steven C. Stewart, Carrie Szlasa
River's Edge (1986)
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

A high school slacker kills his girlfriend and shows off her dead body to his friends. However, the friends' reaction is almost as ambiguous and perplexing as the crime itself.

Director: Tim Hunter
Stars: Crispin Glover, Keanu Reeves, Ione Skye
Bartleby II (1970)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Updated to 1970s London, this faithful adaptation of Herman Melville's classic follows a young accounting clerk rebelling against his employer by responding to demands to do work by saying,... See full summary »

Director: Anthony Friedman
Stars: Paul Scofield, John McEnery, Thorley Walters
Twister (1989)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  

An oddball family on a Kansas farm are trapped in their farmhouse by an impending storm. The patriarch of the clan is a retired soda pop tycoon. He is currently dating a children's TV ... See full summary »

Director: Michael Almereyda
Stars: Harry Dean Stanton, Suzy Amis, Crispin Glover
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

A modern day adaptation of Dostoyevsky's classic novel about a young student who is forever haunted by the murder he has committed.

Director: Menahem Golan
Stars: Crispin Glover, Vanessa Redgrave, John Hurt
Drama | Horror | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

A young boy tries to cope with rural life circa 1950s and his fantasies become a way to interpret events. After his father tells him stories of vampires, he becomes convinced that the widow... See full summary »

Director: Philip Ridley
Stars: Viggo Mortensen, Lindsay Duncan, Jeremy Cooper
The Orkly Kid (1985)
Short | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

Larry organizes a talent show in an attempt to get on TV but the small town of Orkly, Idaho, isn't ready for his Olivia Newton-John impersonation.

Director: Trent Harris
Stars: Crispin Glover, Stefan Arngrim, John Bluto
Little Noises (1992)
Drama | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

A struggling writer (Glover) steals poems written by his mute friend to achieve fame and fortune.

Director: Jane Spencer
Stars: Tatum O'Neal, Crispin Glover, Nina Siemaszko
Influence (2015)
Action | Crime | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.1/10 X  

Steeped in wonder and mystery, HISZPANKA (Influenz) tells the story of a group of clairvoyants committed to restoring the Polish state as World War One dwindles to an end... See full synopsis »

Director: Lukasz Barczyk
Stars: Crispin Glover, Artur Krajewski, Bruce Glover


Cast overview, first billed only:
Frank Waxman
Book Publisher
The Mayor
Greta Danielle Newgren ...
Boss's Date
Josh Kornbluth ...
Nick Scoggin ...
Street Philosopher
Stoney Burke ...
Soup Kitchen Server
Terry Allen Jones ...
New Tenant
Stu Klitsner ...
Professor Bum (as Stuart Klitsner)


At a public records office, a seemingly normal boss has hired a new employee named Bartleby. Bartleby however, is eccentric and with each passing day, he begins to refuse his boss' orders which only gets worse. Eventually, the boss finds himself clueless as to what to do about Bartleby as he discovers even stranger things about him. Written by Mystic80

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


I would prefer not to.


Comedy | Drama | Mystery

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some sexual content | See all certifications »


Official Sites:



Release Date:

10 March 2001 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Bartleby at the Office  »

Filming Locations:


Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$14,599 (USA) (24 May 2002)


$141,367 (USA) (23 August 2002)

Company Credits

Production Co:

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs


Sound Mix:


Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »

Did You Know?


Dick Martin's final acting performance. See more »


When the boss's date is straddling him in his office, sometimes her hair is wrapped in a scarf and sometimes it's not. See more »


Bartleby: I would prefer not to.
See more »

Crazy Credits

Before the opening credits begin, viewers are given a portrait and short biography of Herman Melville, upon whose story the film is loosely based. See more »


Version of Bartleby (1976) See more »


Written by Claude Debussy (as Debussy)
Background music on piano by Nancy Spottiswoode
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

I can't think what to make of this one...
22 January 2004 | by (Matango Island West) – See all my reviews

I found this movie disturbing. Advertised as a comedy, it is no such thing. There is a lot of comedy in there, all right, but overall the themes are heavy, disturbing, even horrific. Crispin Glover's performance is flawless, and his role in the story is to pose a lot of questions that never get answered. The story revolves around the other characters' failure to figure him out. The new employee at the Public Records Office in an unnamed city starts out doing a great job, but he does less and less work as time goes on until he is spending most of his time refusing requests to perform any job tasks, or simply gazing up into the air-conditioning vent. They fire him, but he doesn't leave. It gets worse from there, believe me.

8 of 9 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Does anybody read anymore? MrGenre
bartleby metaphors! terrenceplacks
Was anyone paying attention... gloverlover
DVD Release? aliceharford
Should I see it? stephanie789456
Soundtrack - Piano Songs lancespub
Discuss Bartleby (2001) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for: