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Where the Buffalo Roam Reviews

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Dick Fiddy
Radio Times
July 21, 2015
An interesting and savage little piece.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5

TV Guide's Movie Guide
July 21, 2015
A sporadically amusing, frustratingly scattershot look at Thompson's life and times.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
July 21, 2015
The movie is about manic energy, but you can feel everyone straining just to get the next shot on the screen.

People Magazine
July 21, 2015
The trouble is that the movie can't decide if it's trying for laughs or social statement.
David Sterritt
Christian Science Monitor
July 21, 2015
The film invites us to chuckle along with Thompson as he indulges in a series of objectionalble episodes.
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Gary Arnold
Washington Post
July 21, 2015
Where the Buffalo Roam is a shambling stiff, destined to tarnish the reputations of everyone responsible for it.
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Variety Staff
March 26, 2009
[Where the Buffalo Roam] features a number of amusing set-pieces of irreverent lunacy, but lack of serious substance renders film too frivolous and detached from reality.
Rob Gonsalves
April 9, 2007
It's just a ramshackle package of bizarre anecdotes, some only marginally connected to Thompson's writings.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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John Gill
Time Out
January 26, 2006
Laughs aplenty for people who use drugs as a pose, but most will be left wondering if half a pint of Bass doesn't qualify as a revolutionary action.
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Janet Maslin
New York Times
January 15, 2005
Mr. Murray is clever whenever he is audible... But the story rambles desperately, and there are times when the screenplay is barely there. Mr. Thompson's only identifiable quality soon becomes facetiousness, and it wears terribly thin.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
October 23, 2004
This is the kind of bad movie that's almost worth seeing. But there are large things wrong with Where the Buffalo Roam.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Jake Euker
F5 (Wichita, KS)
July 8, 2004
Finds no cinematic equivalent for Thompson's outrageous language; the material seems strangely meek.
| Original Score: 1/5
Jon Fortgang
May 24, 2003
The two charismatic leads prevent this from failing entirely, but the tone is shallow and insincere, largely because Linson wants to do what Thompson never would, which is to please all of the people all of the time.
Brian Mckay
March 18, 2003
Funny but campy rendition of Hunter S. Thompson by Bill Murray. Easier to watch than FEAR AND LOATHING
| Original Score: 4/5
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Nathan Rabin
AV Club
June 5, 2002
As a time capsule and a failed attempt to sell Thompson's legacy to the masses, Buffalo has its share of curiosity value. But as a piece of filmmaking, it's pretty worthless.
Cole Smithey
September 13, 2007
| Original Score: 3/5
Emanuel Levy
July 5, 2005
| Original Score: 2/5
Linda Cook
Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
August 4, 2004
| Original Score: 2/5
Rebecca Murray
June 13, 2003
| Original Score: 4/5
Mark Palermo
Coast (Halifax, Nova Scotia)
November 12, 2002
| Original Score: 2/5
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