Buffalo Soldiers
Buffalo Soldiers (2001)

Australian director Gregor Jordan makes his sophomore effort with this tale about crooked U.S. soldiers based in Germany during the waning days of the cold war. Special Fourth Class soldier Elwood (Joaquin Phoenix) guards against the… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: January 13, 2004
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Critic Score: 73% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Overall, this caustic comedy hits more of its targets than it misses.

Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel

Eventually, the movie's rampant nihilism catches up with it.

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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post

Like its bored soldiers, this movie seems to play with volatile substances with not nearly enough respect for their meaning.

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Anton Bitel
Daily Info

doing for the Cold War what Three Kings did for the first Gulf war - i.e. following the adventures of a small group of profiteering soldiers in order to satirise the self-interested smash-and-grab attitudes of US foreign policy.

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Bill Muller
Arizona Republic

The characters, if not sympathetic, are at least interesting and brought to life with authenticity by the talented cast.

Tom Long
Detroit News

It's mostly a lurching, clumsy affair, a very poor man's Catch-22.

Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed

In the chaotic tradition of "Dr. Strangelove"...

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Jeff Strickler
Minneapolis Star Tribune

It's a well-done satire that only the thinnest of skins would find insulting.

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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press

If you can get past the idea that Buffalo Soldiers ... has any real relevance, you are likely to enjoy its sitcom snap and the performance of Phoenix.

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Beth Accomando
KPBS.org

Buffalo Soldiers is like M*A*S*H for the Reagan/Bush era generation that never knew a war like Vietnam. Both films offer a slap in the face to the establishment and display irreverent, savage satire.

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Flixster Audience Score: 73% Flixster User Reviews
xGary Xx
A wheeler dealer based in a US army camp in Germany becomes locked in a battle of wills with his new sergeant, a Vietnam veteran determined to break him and his… More
Ross Collins
Essentially Air America with tanks set in West Germany, Funny satire with an enjoyable plot.
Anthony Lawrie
Good film, a bit like M*A*S*H in places and very entertaining!
Cameron Johnson
Wow, Joaquin Phoenix must be a great actor of musicians to play Bob Marley, mawn. Mawn-I mean, man, I don't know what's cheesier: the fact that I just… More
Lorenzo von Matterhorn
Quite simply this is a well written, well acted and exceptionally funny film. It follows the story of a soldier in the US army as the Cold War is coming to an… More
Daniel Parsons
<i>"What's wrong with these monitors? They've gone all... orange!"</i><p> Blackly funny film about the boredom of war -… More