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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 35
  2. Negative: 4 out of 35
  1. 100
    It moves so confidently and brightly that it's ticklish as well as chilling - and, in its own dark way, enthralling.
  2. 78
    You’ve heard of guerrilla warfare? Buffalo Soldiers is all about guerilla capitalism.
  3. At its best it's as refreshing as it is daring. Superbly acted.
  4. It's not the dark comedy it wants to be - that would be "M*A*S*H" with a more modern setting and more gruesome consequences - but it's worth a look.
  5. The highest accomplishment of Buffalo Soldiers is its wise invocation of that weirdest of all precincts, the post, and the odd culture it spawns.
  6. 50
    The pleasures of Buffalo Soldiers mainly come early on, before the film becomes a sloppy mixture of tones and story lines. Afterward, you're left mainly puzzled and looking for a way to wash a bitter aftertaste out of your mouth.
  7. The film's intent was presumably satirical in the vein of "Catch-22" or "M*A*S*H," but the satire is so weak, the action so devoid of comic perspective, that we are left with a naked gaggle of ugly episodes.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 13
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 13
  3. Negative: 2 out of 13
  1. BombshellNukealot
    Oct 13, 2005
    10
    People don't generally seem to like this movie because it's raw and straightforward - that's war for you...however it has has some overacting and unnecessary 'coolness' added. All things considered this was a really enjoyable experience and a movie that sticks to your mind. Expand
  2. Jun 3, 2014
    7
    Buffalo Soldiers is very reminiscent of Fight Club in terms of its dark style and bleak view on life. It's not quite as good though. Fight Club contained a lot more kinetic energy and more dazzling filmmaking. It is however still highly entertaining. The schemes the soldiers concoct are diabolical, and Phoenix fits perfectly into his witty, sketchy, rebellious character. You become mentally involved in all of their deals, and hope they get away with it all, even though they really don't deserve to. The movie sometimes wallows in its own nihilistic atmosphere a bit too much, and sometimes the plausibility of the characters is stretched pretty thin at times. These flaws make it occasionally feel somewhat stupid, but they're not enough to ruin this dark little gem of a dramady. Expand
  3. matta.
    Sep 28, 2005
    6
    Dramatically, it doesn't work. On the comedy side of things, it was pretty freaking genius. A solid outing for Joaquin Phoenix.

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