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Where the Buffalo Roam Reviews

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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.
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
July 29, 2002
| Original Score: 2/5
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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
Scott Weinberg
eFilmCritic.com
July 26, 2002
| Original Score: 2/5
Rob Gonsalves
eFilmCritic.com
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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Variety Staff
Variety
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.
Jon Fortgang
Film4
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.
Dan Jardine
Apollo Guide
February 13, 2001
Full Review | Original Score: 37/100
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
Mark Palermo
Coast (Halifax, Nova Scotia)
November 12, 2002
| Original Score: 2/5
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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.
Linda Cook
Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
August 4, 2004
| Original Score: 2/5
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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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.
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com
July 5, 2005
| Original Score: 2/5
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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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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.

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