American Buffalo (1996)
Average Rating: 6.7/10
Reviews Counted: 26
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Average Rating: 7.4/10
Critic Reviews: 7
Fresh: 6 | Rotten: 1
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Average Rating: 2.9/5
User Ratings: 2,512
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
Sep 13, 1996 Wide
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A three-character, one-set chamber piece, pic lacks the bravura moments of the film version of the playwright's Glengarry Glen Ross
Dustin Hoffman channels his Ratso Rizzo character from the 1969 Midnight Cowboy.
Mesmerized by the trademark Mamet gutter poetry, Corrente directs unobtrusively and respectfully.
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
A colossal letdown that ends up running in place.
My example of a great Back Shelf Beauty
There is little sense of tension, nor any dramatically sound resolution. American Buffalo seems to end rather abruptly - but not a moment too soon
Powerful and overlooked,lost in the shuffle.
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