Critic Consensus: Unsettling and bracingly original, Buzzard is a fascinating -- and often very funny -- plunge into lo-fi cinematic psychosis.
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Critic Reviews for Buzzard
Like Potrykus, Burge shows great daring, his performance a high-wire act of ballistic anomie and genuine empathy; we may find Marty repugnant, but only because we fear ending up like him, a disillusioned hellion desperate for a way out.
With its casual deadpan attitude, Buzzard offers a nightmare portrait of arrested development and anomie for the age of inequality.
Potrykus's puckishly outrageous visions are short on insight, but they pack an enduring hallucinatory power.
Burge is phenomenal here, giving a memorable, well-rounded performance. His take on Marty is not your typical cinematic slacker: all cool detachment and naïve apathy.
Love it, hate it or tolerate it with reluctance, "Buzzard" has a ruthless clarity of vision, and breaks new ground in pushing character-based comedy right to the edge of profound discomfort.
Audience Reviews for Buzzard
Yes, it's one of many modern films focusing on angry and aimless white males, but "Buzzard" distinguishes itself by focusing on a uniquely troubled character. More delusional than psychotic and less clever than scrappy, Marty proves to be one of the "great" losers to grace the screen in the past few years.
Joel Potrykus' deliriously idiosyncratic Buzzard tells the story of Marty, a similarly idiosyncratic small-time scam artist whose life slowly starts to unravel, throwing his sanity into crisis along with it. This deliriously daring, genre-bending thrill ride easily transcends its decidedly low-fi production values. This is thanks in large part to Potrykus' script, which -- again like its main character - is hilariously snarky and oddly charming, while consistent in conveying a strong undercurrent of frustration and dread. A large chunk of credit must also go to lead actor Joshua Burge. With his distinctive look and considerable acting prowess, Burge brings the unhinged Marty to vivid life. He assures that all eyes will be glued to him at all times, even when Potrykus dares the audience to look away. With a one-of-a-kind style and several memorable scenes, Buzzard already feels like a surefire cult favorite.
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