American Buffalo
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David Mamet's play about three losers planning a robbery is brought to the screen in an admirably simple, straightforward manner. Don (Dennis Franz) is the owner of an "antique store" (read: junk shop) who discovers that the buffalo head nickel he recently sold to a coin collector was a lot more valuable than he imagined. Don hatches a scheme in which he and Bobby (Sean Nelson), a teenage kid who works at the shop, will steal the nickel back and sell it for a much higher price. Teach (Dustin Hoffman), Don's down-on-his-luck buddy, insists on coming in on the job, but Don… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 77%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"A three-character, one-set chamber piece, pic lacks the bravura moments of the film version of the playwright's Glengarry Glen Ross"
‑ Daniel M. Kimmel, Variety
"In this overly theatrical version, Hoffman gives a mediocre performance in a role that Al Pacino excelled with on stage. Failing to open up Mamet's play, confined to one locale--a junk store--the film is claustropobhic and dull, lacking emotional payoff"
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"There is little sense of tension, nor any dramatically sound resolution. American Buffalo seems to end rather abruptly - but not a moment too soon"
‑ Brian Mckay,
"Dustin Hoffman channels his Ratso Rizzo character from the 1969 Midnight Cowboy."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"A colossal letdown that ends up running in place."
‑ Chuck O'Leary, Fantastica Daily
"Powerful and overlooked,lost in the shuffle."
‑ Michael Szymanski,
"Mesmerized by the trademark Mamet gutter poetry, Corrente directs unobtrusively and respectfully."
‑ Rob Gonsalves,
"My example of a great Back Shelf Beauty"
‑ Willie Waffle,
"You only get a hint of how great the source material is."
‑ Michael W. Phillips, Jr., Goatdog's Movies
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