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American Buffalo (1996)

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86

Average Rating: 7.4/10
Critic Reviews: 7
Fresh: 6 | Rotten: 1

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Movie Info

David Mamet's play about three losers planning a robbery is brought to the screen in an admirably simple, straightforward manner. Don (Dennis Franz) is the owner of an "antique store" (read: junk shop) who discovers that the buffalo head nickel he recently sold to a coin collector was a lot more valuable than he imagined. Don hatches a scheme in which he and Bobby (Sean Nelson), a teenage kid who works at the shop, will steal the nickel back and sell it for a much higher price. Teach (Dustin

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Mystery & Suspense, Drama

Jan 23, 2001

Hallmark Entertainment

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All Critics (43) | Top Critics (13) | Fresh (20) | Rotten (6) | DVD (3)

A three-character, one-set chamber piece, pic lacks the bravura moments of the film version of the playwright's Glengarry Glen Ross

April 29, 2005 Full Review Source: Variety
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Dustin Hoffman channels his Ratso Rizzo character from the 1969 Midnight Cowboy.

October 1, 2010 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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Mesmerized by the trademark Mamet gutter poetry, Corrente directs unobtrusively and respectfully.

July 23, 2007 Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com
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In this overly theatrical version, Hoffman gives a mediocre performance in a role that Al Pacino excelled with on stage. Failing to open up Mamet's play, confined to one locale--a junk store--the film is claustropobhic and dull, lacking emotional payoff

February 12, 2007 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com
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A colossal letdown that ends up running in place.

January 23, 2006
Fantastica Daily

My example of a great Back Shelf Beauty

April 15, 2004
WaffleMovies.com

There is little sense of tension, nor any dramatically sound resolution. American Buffalo seems to end rather abruptly - but not a moment too soon

November 16, 2003 Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com
eFilmCritic.com

Powerful and overlooked,lost in the shuffle.

August 30, 2002
Zap2it.com

You only get a hint of how great the source material is.

February 28, 2002 Full Review Source: Goatdog's Movies
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Audience Reviews for American Buffalo

A great movie version of a great play.
November 20, 2006
mjgildea

Super Reviewer

Very disappointing. This is my least favourite David Mamet play and it has been translated into a poor film.
July 15, 2007
John Ballantine

Super Reviewer

What are we talking about? We're talking business!
November 21, 2010
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matt sigur

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Although the play was better, performances from Hoffman and Franz maintain interest.
July 16, 2008
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