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Buffalo Soldiers Reviews

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John A. Nesbit
Old School Reviews

a landscape that's been covered before with much more subtlety and humor, but the individual actors deliver the goods

Full Review Source: Old School Reviews | Original Score: C

September 12, 2003
Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
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Like its bored soldiers, this movie seems to play with volatile substances with not nearly enough respect for their meaning.

Full Review Source: Denver Post | Original Score: 2.5/4

September 12, 2003
Rebecca Murray

Writer/director Gregor Jordan has crafted a slick, sophisticated, dark satire...

Full Review Source: | Original Score: A

September 7, 2003
Jean Lowerison
San Diego Metropolitan

A cinematic snafu.

Full Review Source: San Diego Metropolitan

September 6, 2003

San Diego Union-Tribune

Buffalo Soldiers has acid in its battery.

Full Review Source: San Diego Union-Tribune | Original Score: 3/4

September 5, 2003
Tom Long
Detroit News
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It's mostly a lurching, clumsy affair, a very poor man's Catch-22.

| Original Score: D

September 5, 2003
Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
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If you can get past the idea that Buffalo Soldiers ... has any real relevance, you are likely to enjoy its sitcom snap and the performance of Phoenix.

Full Review Source: Detroit Free Press | Original Score: 3/4

September 5, 2003
Joshua Tanzer

Buffalo Soldiers is the wrong movie for today's America. That's what's so perfect.

Full Review Source: Offoffoff | Original Score: 3.5/4

September 2, 2003
Marc Savlov
Austin Chronicle

As a commentary on the sheer mindless ennui of military base operations during the Cold War, it's right on the money: 'Life During Boretime.'

Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle | Original Score: 3.5/5

August 31, 2003

There's a high-energy look, powering a tone of sorta satirical deadpan comedy, but problems arise when the director tries to mix his hip cynicism with a fully rounded story.

| Original Score: 3/4

August 27, 2003
Danny Minton
KBTV-NBC (Beaumont, TX)

This is a very dark comedy not meant for everyone, but if you have a twisted sense of humor, you will have a twisted good time.

Full Review Source: KBTV-NBC (Beaumont, TX) | Original Score: A+

August 25, 2003
Sean Burns
Philadelphia Weekly

...plays like late-'90s overly entitled nihilism...Jordan doesn't seem to understand that satire stems from outrage, not smug self-satisfaction.

August 20, 2003
Jason Anderson

An enjoyably savage cautionary tale about what can happen to warlike men in a time of peace.

Full Review Source: eye WEEKLY | Original Score: 3.5/5

August 19, 2003
Steve Rhodes
Internet Reviews

It's ridiculous diatribes are impeccably acted ... just try not to think of the film's heavy-handed messages, which will probably infuriate you.

Full Review Source: Internet Reviews | Original Score: 2.5/4

August 16, 2003
Jules Brenner
Cinema Signals

If there's a grain of accuracy in this so-called honest portrait of life and commerce on an American military base, we're in grave trouble.

Full Review Source: Cinema Signals | Original Score: 2/5

August 13, 2003
Josh Larsen
Sun Publications (Chicago, IL)

If only it were unpatriotic -- that would have been infinitely more interesting than the wishy-washy, morally skittish movie we have.

Full Review Source: Sun Publications (Chicago, IL) | Original Score: 2/4

August 11, 2003
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

Falling far short of a brilliant satire like Three Kings -- but too satirical to be a goofy Army comedy like Stripes -- Buffalo Soldiers still manages enough of both to command attention.

Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid | Original Score: 3/4

August 8, 2003
Peter Howell
Toronto Star
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Has many fine performances ... yet the movie fails to give meaning to their actions, or to evoke sympathy for their anti-hero attitudes.

Full Review Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 3/5

August 8, 2003
Peter Bernard
South Florida Sun-Sentinel

A darkly funny, but critical view of military renegades and the system that coddled them.

Full Review Source: South Florida Sun-Sentinel | Original Score: 2.5/4

August 8, 2003
John Hartl
Seattle Times
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See Buffalo Soldiers for its anarchic black-comedy touches, the quirky chemistry between Phoenix and Paquin, but try holding your nose when the plot goes into action-movie overdrive.

| Original Score: 2.5/4

August 8, 2003
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