Buzzard

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  • Summary: Paranoia forces small-time scam artist Marty to flee his hometown and hide out in Detroit. With nothing but a pocket full of bogus checks, his Power Glove, and a bad temper, the horror metal slacker lashes out.
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 15
  2. Negative: 0 out of 15
  1. Reviewed by: Eric Kohn
    Mar 3, 2015
    100
    Buzzard is among the first great American satires of the 21st century, its scathing indictment of capitalism delivered as a prolonged, disorienting punchline.
  2. Reviewed by: Gabe Toro
    Apr 1, 2014
    91
    Buzzard is a quiet, introspective film, but it trumps all generic blockbusters in that it very much is a roller coaster ride, one that thrills, upsets, and makes one queasy, all in surprising ways.
  3. Reviewed by: Stephen Holden
    Mar 5, 2015
    90
    With its casual deadpan attitude, Buzzard offers a nightmare portrait of arrested development and anomie for the age of inequality.
  4. Reviewed by: Scott Tobias
    Mar 4, 2015
    80
    As Marty continues to run scams, the laughs continue unabated, but the dread only deepens, because we realize he’s a creature of need, capable of anything but empathy. And he’s been pushed to the precipice.
  5. Reviewed by: Brian Tallerico
    Mar 6, 2015
    75
    Under Potrykus’ clever direction and with a striking performance from Joshua Burge, Marty goes from quirky to desperate to dangerous gradually and effectively. He’s not a character to be taken lightly, or quickly forgotten.
  6. Reviewed by: Elise Nakhnikian
    Mar 16, 2014
    75
    This is a study of a man who's hard to like, harder to dismiss, and impossible to pigeonhole.
  7. Reviewed by: Roger Moore
    Mar 3, 2015
    50
    Think of Marty as an R-rated Napoleon Dynamite — foul-mouthed, irritating, irritable, self-absorbed and clueless. He’s also a bit dangerous, the personification of the bird that gives his filmed story its title — Buzzard.

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  2. Mixed: 0 out of 1
  3. Negative: 1 out of 1
  1. Mar 10, 2015
    0
    A total waste of time. It's not an anti-corporate screed. It's not a funny office slacker movie. And as for the paranoia, it is lame lameA total waste of time. It's not an anti-corporate screed. It's not a funny office slacker movie. And as for the paranoia, it is lame lame lame. A joke. When was this movie actually made? A Freddie Krueger prop? The slacker himself has zero personality or humor. He's a dud, a fake Steve Buscemi wanna be. His office sidekick might as well be a stapler or a hole punch. He contributes that much to an already drearily dull story. Did I say story? Just kidding. Unless watching someone for five movie minutes eat a plate of spaghetti is enough plot for you. And don't worry. There's plenty of movie time watching both drips play a video game. Novel, right? Am I being harsh? Go ahead. See it. Then you tell me. Expand

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