Burroughs: The Movie reflects a particular time, between the chaos of the 1970s and the delirious mirage of the Reagan years, a time when it briefly seemed that anything could happen … 

Today, many disasters later, the movie stands as a three-dimensional portrait of a writer who merged with his work and became his own most complex and enduring character, and who will always seem to come from the future as much as he hails from several overlapping pasts.”

– from Burroughs, That Proud American Name, by Luc Sante