Buffalo Girls
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An unflinching look at Thailand's underground world of child boxers - of which there are over 30,000 - BUFFALO GIRLS tells the story of two 8 year-old girls who are professional Muay Thai prizefighters. Set in small villages throughout rural Thailand, the film chronicles these young girls' journey, one that is alternately empowering and heartbreaking, as they fight in small neighborhood arenas in order to win prize-money to help provide for their families. After many months of rigorous training and a grueling schedule of fights, Stam and Pet must ultimately fight each other for the 20… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 33%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"It's difficult to say if Kellstein's approach to these difficult cultural dilemmas is meant to leave the audience to decide for themselves or if he can't figure it out either."
‑ Mark Olsen, Los Angeles Times
"Tthe burning question of child safety and long-term physical effects of fists-and-feet Muay Thai boxing is all but absent."
‑ Richard Kuipers, Variety
"A surprising and sad glimpse into an unusual and heretofore largely unknown subculture, but one that feels frustratingly aimless."
‑ Brent Simon, Shared Darkness
"Stam, Pet and their families don't seem to think much about what they're doing. Neither does Buffalo Girls."
‑ Mark Jenkins, NPR
"Buffalo Girls hews close to the experience at hand, which sometimes feels a little too much like a normal leading-up-to-the-big-game Undefeated-style sports doc."
‑ Michael Atkinson, Village Voice
"The audience has been delighted to spend some time with a couple of remarkable young ladies."
‑ Scott Wold, Paste Magazine
"Kellstein gives viewers more or less the same show that the fans and gamblers get."
‑ Noel Murray, AV Club
"A story that, though sickly fascinating, is as crudely rendered as its images."
‑ Jeannette Catsoulis, New York Times
"Todd Kellstein doesn't allow you to entirely indulge convenient (though understandable and perhaps irresistible) armchair outrage."
‑ Ed Gonzalez, Slant Magazine
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