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Buffalo 66 (1998)

tomatometer

75

Average Rating: 7.5/10
Critic Reviews: 8
Fresh: 6 | Rotten: 2

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88

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Average Rating: 3.8/5
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Actor Vincent Gallo (The Funeral, Palookaville) made his feature directorial debut with this drama about convict Billy Brown (Gallo), released after half a decade spent behind bars. Drifting into downtown Buffalo, Billy kidnaps teen Layla (Christina Ricci) and has her pose as his loving wife when he visits his parents (Ben Gazzara and Anjelica Huston). Layla praises him and goes along with his fanciful tale that they met at CIA headquarters, where they both worked. Mom and dad not only fall for

Feb 1, 2000

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All Critics (59) | Top Critics (13) | Fresh (32) | Rotten (9) | DVD (10)

If Martin Scorsese, John Cassavetes, and Abel Ferrara took turns directing scenes of a film written by and starring Jerry Lewis, it might resemble Buffalo '66.

August 21, 2009 Full Review Source: City Pages, Minneapolis/St. Paul

Actor Vincent Gallo makes a feature directing debut with this bizarre, self-indulgent tale of a troubled guy, played by him in a narcissistic mode, who has never reconciled his unhappy childhood.

July 15, 2009 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com
EmanuelLevy.Com

It may not be the masterpiece that its narcissistic writer-director-star Vincent Gallo has claimed to be, but his filmmaking debut is a ceaselessly fascinating piece of work.

May 3, 2009 Full Review Source: TheMovieReport.com
TheMovieReport.com

Gallo transforma um personagem antipático e instável em uma figura comovente, enquanto Ricci, em uma de suas atuações mais sensuais, quase rouba o filme.

January 18, 2005
Cinema em Cena

Funny and quirky, with a great performance by Ricci. Gallo quickly grows annoying, though.

March 18, 2003
eFilmCritic.com

Gallo and Ricci? Can you possibly go wrong? Well, maybe if you tried to be conventional, but there's no danger of that here.

February 3, 2003
New Times

Buffalo '66 left me confused and unsatisfied, yet it's not an easy movie to dismiss.

January 17, 2003 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
Combustible Celluloid

...the darkly beautiful work of an autistic, damaged child.

July 31, 2002 Full Review
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

a love song to director-star Vincent Gallo by screenwriter Vincent Gallo (orchestrated, coincidentally, to the strains of music by Vincent Gallo)...

June 23, 2002 Full Review Source: Kalamazoo Gazette
Kalamazoo Gazette

(A) bleak, outstandingly creative film...(Gallo's) wounded, embittered performance is captivating, and so is his filmmaking.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: SPLICEDWire
SPLICEDWire

[An] eccentric little road movie that never really leaves home.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

Unfortunately, the bottom line is that it's tedious and pointless. Better luck next time.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Needcoffee.com | Comments (4)
Needcoffee.com

The comedic edge to the story works well, though at times the film seems too arty.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Audience Reviews for Buffalo 66

A small-time waster fresh out of prison kidnaps a girl and forces her to pretend to be his wife in an attempt to fool his dysfunctional parents into believing he's living the good life. Buffalo '66 is trying oh-so-hard for "indie chic". Writer-director Vincent Gallo essentially presents us with a love story for emotional retards, as his "hero" Billy has clearly been emotionally scarred by his upbringing at the hands of his Denver Broncos obsessed mother and self absorbed, emotionally distant father. It's a nice idea and I'm sure female fashionistas who fancy themselves as preferring "troubled" and "complex" men (as long as they dress like rock stars and have perfect bone structure, of course...) to jock types think it's the best thing since sliced bread. The biggest problem is with Gallo himself; he is clearly such a self obsessed narcissist that instead of a traumatized, insecure victim, he comes across as an obnoxious, arrogant asshole and as such it seems deeply unlikely that such an appealing creature as Christina Ricci would have anything to do with him. It has some nice visual touches and I certainly warmed to the film more and more as it went, but in the end it all seems just a little too pretentious and a little too unconvincing to be the work of genius that Gallo himself clearly thinks it is.
April 26, 2012
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I have been watching this one nonstop for a year and am still unable to write a review. I cannot say anything about this movie, it is impossible to translate my feelings into words and then decide which of those words i would use and which i am too embarassed to use, because i am in love with this movie. I am wholly, madly, truly in love with everything that this movie is.

Generally, i dont relate to characters in movies. it just doesnt happen because i am a weird, skinny, nervous asshole with just a small branch of autism. sound familiar? it does if youve seen Buffalo '66. I honestly DO-NOT-CARE if anyone else sees this. this was made to help me through my miserable, sad life. God first made Vincent Gallo, then Vincent's parents fucked him up, then he moved to New York and evolved into the person he is, then made a movie about it, just so i would not kill myself after i graduated highschool.

No man is an island.
April 13, 2010
LoughnerWasLucid

Super Reviewer

First time director Vincent Gallo delivers an imaginative, comical tale of a social misfit who gets out of prison after a five year sentence, only to go home to yet another prison overseen by his barely socialized parents portrayed by Anjelica Huston and Ben Gazzara. Gallo plays Billy Brown who spends the first part of the film in desperate search of a bathroom in dingy, cold Buffalo, and eventually wanders into a tap dance studio to relieve himself. He ends up kidnapping a young woman named Layla(Christina Ricci) from her tap class to use as the right girl to show off to his twisted mother and father who may or may not be there or care much for their troubled son.
This film is a bit difficult to summarize in a brief review as there is a lot going on between Billy and his parents, Layla and her parents, Billy's odd friends who give clues as to how he could wind up in prison with their misplaced sense of being and distorted portrayals that aren't so clearly defined, and Billy's relationship with all of the aforementioned.
January 21, 2010
yona71

Super Reviewer

Vincent Gallo at his very best, this is his masterpiece. His acting and direction are uniquely brilliant as our the excellent cameos and performances throughout. Unfortunately this film still resides in the cult status wilderness, which is very unfair.
September 7, 2009
SirPant

Super Reviewer

    1. Billy Brown: Making good, making good, good one!
    – Submitted by Oscar S (3 months ago)
    1. Layla: Can I have a hug then?
    2. Billy Brown: Oh man. Come on. Can we just shake hands?
    – Submitted by Maria Y (22 months ago)
    1. Layla: I really like you. I'm gonna be really sad if you don't come back, unless you tell me. If you're not gonna come back, just tell me. Don't lie to me. Are you gonna come back or not?
    2. Billy Brown: If you don't want me to go, I won't go, all right? I won't get a hot chocolate. We can just...
    3. Layla: If you want a coffee, go get a coffee. Just come back.
    – Submitted by Maria Y (22 months ago)
    1. Billy Brown: You adore me, you love me, you cherish me, Jesus Christ you can't live without me.
    – Submitted by Maria Y (22 months ago)
    1. Billy Brown: We are a couple that doesn't touch.
    – Submitted by Maria Y (22 months ago)
    1. Billy Brown: I'm asking you to come there and make me look good. Alright? And if you make a fool out of me, I swear to God, I'll kill you right there. Boom! Right in front of Mommy and Daddy. And I'll tell you something else, you make me look bad... I will never ever talk to you again, ever. But if you do a good job, well, then you can be my best friend. My best friend that I've ever had. You hear me?
    – Submitted by Maria Y (22 months ago)
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