Buffalo Boys

Critics Consensus

It's hampered somewhat by its disappointingly familiar story, but Buffalo Boys makes up for its shortcomings with plenty of exciting action sequences.

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Total Count: 32

38%

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In 19th Century Java, a brutal massacre and the murder of Sultan Hamza by Captain Van Trach and his Dutch soldiers force Arana, Jamar and Suwo -- the sultan's brother and infant sons -- to flee the country, bringing them halfway around the world to the American Wild West. After working the railroads and learning the cowboy way of life, Arana tells the boys it's time to return to their homeland and avenge their father's death. Back on Indonesian soil, the hunt for their father's killer begins. Along the way, they meet some villagers including Kiona, the rebellious and beautiful headman's daughter who Suwo falls for, and soon find out that the treacherous Van Trach still rules the area. Their presence puts the village in danger, quickly turning their quest for revenge into a fight for freedom. With the odds stacked against them, Arana, Jamar and Suwo use the skills they learned from the wilds of America to face Van Trach and his army in a showdown for justice.

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All Critics (32) | Top Critics (7)

  • Buffalo Boys ends up somewhat awkwardly caught between mainstream glorifications of violence and more restrained cultural norms emphasizing respect and harmony. This inherent creative conflict however remains mostly obscured by the action-oriented plot...

    Jan 11, 2019 | Full Review…
  • [A] moderately entertaining, immoderately splattery spaghetti Western...

    Jan 11, 2019 | Full Review…
  • While Buffalo Boys may not be everything it could have been, it is sometimes good enough.

    Jan 11, 2019 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • This 19th-century genre mashup can be giddy fun, though it's a good deal more mindless than its historical context would have you believe.

    Jan 10, 2019 | Full Review…

    Andrew Lapin

    NPR
    Top Critic
  • The fights are leaden... and the character development is constrained by dumb dialogue, such meager tending-to of an Asian action flick's primary draw is nigh unforgivable.

    Jan 10, 2019 | Full Review…
  • On a sheer popcorn-entertainment level, the film is great fun to watch.

    Jul 31, 2018 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

    Katie Rife

    AV Club
    Top Critic

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