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Buffalo Soldiers Reviews

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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.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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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.
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
September 20, 2003
Clever without being funny, Buffalo Soldiers would like to be cynical and nasty, but its satire is blunted by a soft, chewy center.
| Original Score: 2/4
Nick Schager
Slant Magazine
March 19, 2003
Buffalo Soldiers should have been left out on the range.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Eric D. Snider
February 1, 2003
Begins as a cynically funny dark comedy but soon falls victim to a glut of subplots and unfocused writing.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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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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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
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
August 7, 2003
Buffalo Soldiers takes place only 14 years ago, but its world seems more ancient than From Here to Eternity.
Full Review| Original Score: 2/4
Rob Blackwelder
August 8, 2003
...the movie's derision lacks the focus and conviction a good socio-political military lampooning needs to make its point clear.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews
August 13, 2003
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
February 16, 2004
The storyline becomes too idiotic and lacking enough funny or relevant moments to fly as a cutting edge satire.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Kent Turner
April 16, 2004
This blazingly irreverent comedy hits its machismo targets over and over again to the point of overkill.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.25/5
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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.
| Original Score: 2/5
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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.
| Original Score: 2/4
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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.
| Original Score: D
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
August 8, 2003
Suffers from melodramatic overkill.
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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
Jules Brenner
Cinema Signals
August 13, 2003
If there's a grain of accuracy in this so-called honest portrait of life and commerce on an American military base, we're in grave trouble.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
John A. Nesbit
Old School Reviews
September 12, 2003
a landscape that's been covered before with much more subtlety and humor, but the individual actors deliver the goods
Full Review | Original Score: C
Sean Burns
Philadelphia Weekly
August 20, 2003
...plays like late-'90s overly entitled nihilism...Jordan doesn't seem to understand that satire stems from outrage, not smug self-satisfaction.
Jonathan W. Hickman
Entertainment Insiders
September 5, 2003
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Todd McCarthy
October 18, 2008
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
June 10, 2003
Jennie Kermode
Movie Gurus
November 9, 2011
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October 18, 2008
Cynthia Fuchs
Nitrate Online
August 15, 2003

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August 9, 2003

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August 22, 2003

Baltimore Sun
August 30, 2003
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Time Out
June 24, 2006
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