Buffalo Soldiers Reviews

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Todd McCarthy
Variety
October 18, 2008
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Time Out
June 24, 2006
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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
November 13, 2003
Eventually, the movie's rampant nihilism catches up with it.
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Bill Muller
Arizona Republic
October 9, 2003
The characters, if not sympathetic, are at least interesting and brought to life with authenticity by the talented cast.
| Original Score: 4/5
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Jeff Strickler
Minneapolis Star Tribune
September 18, 2003
It's a well-done satire that only the thinnest of skins would find insulting.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
September 12, 2003
Like its bored soldiers, this movie seems to play with volatile substances with not nearly enough respect for their meaning.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
September 5, 2003
It's mostly a lurching, clumsy affair, a very poor man's Catch-22.
| Original Score: D
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
September 5, 2003
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 | Original Score: 3/4
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
August 8, 2003
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 | Original Score: 3/5
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John Hartl
Seattle Times
August 8, 2003
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
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Edward Guthmann
San Francisco Chronicle
August 8, 2003
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 | Original Score: 2/4
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
August 8, 2003
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 | Original Score: 3/4
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Eric Harrison
Houston Chronicle
August 8, 2003
Imagine Radar from M*A*S*H gone bad, and you get the idea.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
August 8, 2003
It's a refreshing change from the recent string of celluloid recruiting poster movies.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
August 8, 2003
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 | Original Score: 3/4
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Janice Page
Boston Globe
August 8, 2003
The film hits so many dissonant notes and random targets that its dark, dry wit is hard to locate in the buckshot.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
August 8, 2003
Suffers from melodramatic overkill.
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Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
August 8, 2003
It captures almost exactly the deadpan sarcasm and world-class bitterness most privates feel toward the vaunted entity that has absorbed them.
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Scott Von Doviak
Fort Worth Star-Telegram/DFW.com
August 8, 2003
Fresh and funny, sometimes brutally so.
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Gary Dowell
Dallas Morning News
August 7, 2003
A sharp, savagely funny look at the Army during peacetime with 'nothing to kill but time.'
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Mark Caro
Chicago Tribune
August 7, 2003
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 | Original Score: 3/4
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
August 7, 2003
It's the performances that hold Buffalo Soldiers together.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Bruce Newman
San Jose Mercury News
August 7, 2003
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
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
August 7, 2003
Boasts a noirish script and a top-drawer cast.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
August 7, 2003
Its woozy, scattershot approach is a mishmash of bad throwaway gags, military clichés and dopey dope jokes.
Full Review | Original Score: D
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
July 28, 2003
I like its dark edge.
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Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
July 26, 2003
A pleasingly disreputable trifle.
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Mike Clark
USA Today
July 25, 2003
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 | Original Score: 3/4
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Megan Lehmann
New York Post
July 25, 2003
Solid entertainment with an enjoyably rough-and-tumble vibe.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Rex Reed
New York Observer
July 25, 2003
A complex story, repellent but full of tension and surprise. It holds attention raptly.
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Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
July 25, 2003
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 | Original Score: 2/4
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
July 24, 2003
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 | Original Score: 2/5
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Manohla Dargis
Los Angeles Times
July 24, 2003
Because the movie doesn't have any real politics -- just a few funny gags and sarcasm -- the satire never jells.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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John Anderson
Newsday
July 24, 2003
Film has satirical sting.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
July 24, 2003
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.
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
July 24, 2003
An enjoyable, if highly formatted, riff on Robert Altman's regular -Army-clown classic.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
July 22, 2003
Adapting Robert O'Connor's novel, director Gregor Jordan slaps us with keen wit and purpose.
| Original Score: 3/4
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J. Hoberman
Village Voice
July 22, 2003
This jaunty mish-M*A*S*H has a seductive, nonchalant glitter and an unshakably mocking attitude.
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Michael Rechtshaffen
Hollywood Reporter
November 15, 2001
Hits the satiric bull's-eye with deadly accuracy.