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Buffalo Soldiers Reviews

November 13, 2003
Eventually, the movie's rampant nihilism catches up with it.
October 19, 2003
Joltingly funny.
October 9, 2003
The characters, if not sympathetic, are at least interesting and brought to life with authenticity by the talented cast.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
September 18, 2003
It's a well-done satire that only the thinnest of skins would find insulting.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
September 12, 2003
Like its bored soldiers, this movie seems to play with volatile substances with not nearly enough respect for their meaning.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
September 5, 2003
It's mostly a lurching, clumsy affair, a very poor man's Catch-22.
Read More | Original Score: D
September 5, 2003
If you can get past the idea that Buffalo Soldiers ... has any real relevance, you are likely to enjoy its sitcom snap and the performance of Phoenix.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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
August 8, 2003
See Buffalo Soldiers for its anarchic black-comedy touches, the quirky chemistry between Phoenix and Paquin, but try holding your nose when the plot goes into action-movie overdrive.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
August 8, 2003
Ultimately, it's a cold, caustic film that doesn't take a strong point of view but seems to offer up its numerous set pieces ... for sheer goony pleasure.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
August 8, 2003
It's an enjoyable and occasionally thought-provoking motion picture whose viewership should not be diminished by the unfortunate and inaccurate 'anti-American' label.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
August 8, 2003
Imagine Radar from M*A*S*H gone bad, and you get the idea.
Read More | Original Score: B
August 8, 2003
It's a refreshing change from the recent string of celluloid recruiting poster movies.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
August 8, 2003
At a time when the idea of patriotism is sometimes used to stifle dissent, it is important to remember that gripes and disgruntlement and anti-authoritarian gestures are part of our national heritage.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
August 8, 2003
The film hits so many dissonant notes and random targets that its dark, dry wit is hard to locate in the buckshot.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
August 8, 2003
Suffers from melodramatic overkill.
August 8, 2003
It captures almost exactly the deadpan sarcasm and world-class bitterness most privates feel toward the vaunted entity that has absorbed them.
August 8, 2003
Fresh and funny, sometimes brutally so.
August 7, 2003
A sharp, savagely funny look at the Army during peacetime with 'nothing to kill but time.'
Full Review | Original Score: B
August 7, 2003
It pits a compelling central character against a formidable adversary in an intriguing setting while keeping you riveted to the cat-and-mouse strategizing, surprise turns and a few moments of actual warmth.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
August 7, 2003
It's the performances that hold Buffalo Soldiers together.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
August 7, 2003
If it sometimes feels as if this is re-MASHing some of the same terrain as Robert Altman's classic from 1970, the fun is in watching Elwood's dream come true.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
August 7, 2003
Boasts a noirish script and a top-drawer cast.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
August 7, 2003
Its woozy, scattershot approach is a mishmash of bad throwaway gags, military clichés and dopey dope jokes.
Read More | Original Score: D
July 28, 2003
I like its dark edge.
July 26, 2003
A pleasingly disreputable trifle.
July 25, 2003
This long-delayed release may one day be regarded as a minor find, thanks to some occasionally gruesome laughs, tight story construction and terrific supporting performances.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
July 25, 2003
Solid entertainment with an enjoyably rough-and-tumble vibe.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
Top Critic
July 25, 2003
A complex story, repellent but full of tension and surprise. It holds attention raptly.
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.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
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.
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
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
July 24, 2003
Film has satirical sting.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
July 24, 2003
An enjoyable, if highly formatted, riff on Robert Altman's regular -Army-clown classic.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
July 22, 2003
Adapting Robert O'Connor's novel, director Gregor Jordan slaps us with keen wit and purpose.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
July 22, 2003
This jaunty mish-M*A*S*H has a seductive, nonchalant glitter and an unshakably mocking attitude.
July 4, 2003
Ruthlessly funny, gleefully anarchic black comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
November 15, 2001
Hits the satiric bull's-eye with deadly accuracy.