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Generally favorable reviews- based on 23 Ratings

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 19
  2. Negative: 2 out of 19
  1. All bets are off. For my money, Vincent Gallo wins the Triple Crown of indie filmmaking -- for writing, directing and starring in Buffalo '66.
  2. Reviewed by: Richard Schickel
    100
    This says nothing about Gallo's own demonic charm as Billy or his directorial boldness in juxtaposing the emotional surreality of his story with the bleak reality of his hometown in winter, creating a sort of casual but strangely haunting weirdness.
  3. Reviewed by: David Edelstein
    90
    Gallo’s movie is terrific, an original and disarming vision of a life that's all skids.
  4. 78
    In the end, it's a love story after all, but a peculiarly Gallocentric one -- cheap, nasty, but salvageable nonetheless.
  5. 75
    Gallo's script is quirky and filled with a number of hilariously strange comic moments.
  6. By turns raw, naturalistic and indebted to John Cassavetes, both stylistically and thematically.
  7. For me the film creates more embarrassment than sympathy, but at least it's a kind of embarrassment that's instructive.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 8
  2. Negative: 0 out of 8
  1. May 12, 2011
    10
    The best movie I have seen in years. Finally something unique, interesting,dark and funny! Right of the bat you feel for Billy Brown. Vincent Gallo is perfect, Christina Ricci is at her very best (also gorgeous) and Angela Hudson had me laughing and crying at once. The soundtrack is amazing as well with a brilliant scene of Ricci dancing to King Crimson. Expand
  2. Nov 11, 2013
    10
    Vincent Gallo is a genius. Vincent Gallo is the coolest person out there. Vincent Gallo is America's best filmmaker. Vincent Gallo is America's best actor. BUFFALO 66 IS THE BEST FILM EVER Expand
  3. May 22, 2012
    9
    I enjoyed every single second of this movie. The filming, the acting, the music was all fantastic. A man with nothing to live for is saved by a woman he just met earlier that day. Just goes to show that one thing can turn our lives completely around for the better. A must see. Expand
  4. Jun 9, 2013
    7
    Clearly made on a budget, there is no fancy CGI, no big car chases and no big fight scenes. It’s a piece that relies very much on performance to keep it together and on that front I can’t fault it. Both Vincent Gallo and Christina Ricci did a fine job, as did Ben Gazzara and Anjelica Houston. I guess it’s one of those films that’s more about the inner workings of the mind; you find yourself asking what is the motivation behind Billy’s actions and what exactly does Layla see in him? I have to admit at first I really didn’t like the character of Billy, but he grew on me as I came to understand him more. It’s a film that took some time to get going but I found it a worthy watch eventually.

    SteelMonster’s verdict: RECOMMENDED

    My score: 6.6/10
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  5. Apr 14, 2014
    4
    Buffalo '66 is simply an ok film. It is an interesting character study of a very damaged man who is struggling throughout with the demons of his life. The film is at times very dark, funny, quirky, and absurd, but mostly the last of those. Usually, I do not have a problem with absurd scenarios, but with this one being essentially based around an absurd scenario (well, not based around, but a large part of it concerns it) is annoying. It really distracts you from the film. On top of that, I get what Vincent Gallo was going for in terms of his character Billy Brown, but it was a little overdone to the point that his quirkiness is overwhelming, and much like the absurdity, annoying. The film is far from horrible, but these negatives really took away from my enjoyment of it.

    In terms of positives, the aforementioned characterizaton of Billy Brown was really done well, as well as his transformation throughout the film. The Billy Brown we first meet is totally different than the one the film ends with and it is enjoyable to watch this transformation take place throughout the film. In addition, the acting by Vincent Gallo and Christina Ricci was quite good and really helped to carry this film.
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