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Buffalo Soldiers Reviews

Todd McCarthy
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October 18, 2008

Time Out
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June 24, 2006
Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
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Eventually, the movie's rampant nihilism catches up with it.

Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel

November 13, 2003
Bill Muller
Arizona Republic
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The characters, if not sympathetic, are at least interesting and brought to life with authenticity by the talented cast.

| Original Score: 4/5

October 9, 2003
Jeff Strickler
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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It's a well-done satire that only the thinnest of skins would find insulting.

Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune | Original Score: 3/4

September 18, 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
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
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
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
Edward Guthmann
San Francisco Chronicle
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Ultimately, it's a cold, caustic film that doesn't take a strong point of view but seems to offer up its numerous set pieces ... for sheer goony pleasure.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 2/4

August 8, 2003
James Berardinelli
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It's an enjoyable and occasionally thought-provoking motion picture whose viewership should not be diminished by the unfortunate and inaccurate 'anti-American' label.

Full Review Source: ReelViews | Original Score: 3/4

August 8, 2003
Eric Harrison
Houston Chronicle
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Imagine Radar from M*A*S*H gone bad, and you get the idea.

Full Review Source: Houston Chronicle | Original Score: B

August 8, 2003
Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
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It's a refreshing change from the recent string of celluloid recruiting poster movies.

Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 3/4

August 8, 2003
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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At a time when the idea of patriotism is sometimes used to stifle dissent, it is important to remember that gripes and disgruntlement and anti-authoritarian gestures are part of our national heritage.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 3/4

August 8, 2003
Janice Page
Boston Globe
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The film hits so many dissonant notes and random targets that its dark, dry wit is hard to locate in the buckshot.

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 1.5/4

August 8, 2003
Desson Thomson
Washington Post
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Suffers from melodramatic overkill.

August 8, 2003
Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
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It captures almost exactly the deadpan sarcasm and world-class bitterness most privates feel toward the vaunted entity that has absorbed them.

Full Review Source: Washington Post

August 8, 2003
Gary Dowell
Dallas Morning News
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A sharp, savagely funny look at the Army during peacetime with 'nothing to kill but time.'

Full Review Source: Dallas Morning News | Original Score: B

August 7, 2003
Mark Caro
Chicago Tribune
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It pits a compelling central character against a formidable adversary in an intriguing setting while keeping you riveted to the cat-and-mouse strategizing, surprise turns and a few moments of actual warmth.

Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 3/4

August 7, 2003
Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
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It's the performances that hold Buffalo Soldiers together.

Full Review Source: Miami Herald | Original Score: 2.5/4

August 7, 2003
Bruce Newman
San Jose Mercury News
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If it sometimes feels as if this is re-MASHing some of the same terrain as Robert Altman's classic from 1970, the fun is in watching Elwood's dream come true.

| Original Score: 3/4

August 7, 2003
Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
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Boasts a noirish script and a top-drawer cast.

| Original Score: 3/4

August 7, 2003
Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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Its woozy, scattershot approach is a mishmash of bad throwaway gags, military clichés and dopey dope jokes.

Full Review Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution | Original Score: D

August 7, 2003
Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
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I like its dark edge.

Full Review Source: Ebert & Roeper

July 28, 2003
Stephanie Zacharek
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A pleasingly disreputable trifle.

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July 26, 2003
Mike Clark
USA Today
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This long-delayed release may one day be regarded as a minor find, thanks to some occasionally gruesome laughs, tight story construction and terrific supporting performances.

Full Review Source: USA Today | Original Score: 3/4

July 25, 2003
Megan Lehmann
New York Post
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Solid entertainment with an enjoyably rough-and-tumble vibe.

| Original Score: 2.5/4

July 25, 2003
Rex Reed
New York Observer
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A complex story, repellent but full of tension and surprise. It holds attention raptly.

Full Review Source: New York Observer

July 25, 2003
Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
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In the end, it's not the darkness of the film's politics that bothers me, it's the exploitation of violence as entertainment -- and, oh, the smugness of it all.

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 2/4

July 25, 2003
A.O. Scott
New York Times
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The picture is sloppy when it should be incisive, indulgent when it should be astringent, and ultimately unsure of what it is mocking and in what spirit.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 2/5

July 24, 2003
Manohla Dargis
Los Angeles Times
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Because the movie doesn't have any real politics -- just a few funny gags and sarcasm -- the satire never jells.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 2/5

July 24, 2003
John Anderson
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Film has satirical sting.

Full Review Source: Newsday | Original Score: 3/4

July 24, 2003
Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
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For reasons that never become apparent, Jordan elects to play the growing mayhem straight, and the movie drags its toneless, spiritless way to the edifying conclusion that there is 'no peace anywhere.' How true. How banal.

Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly

July 24, 2003
Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
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An enjoyable, if highly formatted, riff on Robert Altman's regular -Army-clown classic.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: B+

July 24, 2003
Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
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Adapting Robert O'Connor's novel, director Gregor Jordan slaps us with keen wit and purpose.

| Original Score: 3/4

July 22, 2003
J. Hoberman
Village Voice
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This jaunty mish-M*A*S*H has a seductive, nonchalant glitter and an unshakably mocking attitude.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

July 22, 2003
Michael Rechtshaffen
Hollywood Reporter
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Hits the satiric bull's-eye with deadly accuracy.

November 15, 2001
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