Buffalo Soldiers
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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 Soviets while on duty, and rips off the U.S. military while off duty. Handsome, calculating, and thoroughly amoral, Elwood runs a profitable black-market business that operates just below the official radar. He and his associates make drugs to sell to his fellow GIs; steal Army supplies, selling them to a German connection; and a host of other dirty deeds. One… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 73%

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"Eventually, the movie's rampant nihilism catches up with it."
‑ Jay Boyar, Orlando Sentinel
"Like its bored soldiers, this movie seems to play with volatile substances with not nearly enough respect for their meaning."
‑ Lisa Kennedy, Denver Post
"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."
‑ Anton Bitel, Daily Info
"...a dark, entertaining and thought-provoking film that could be recommended to pacifists and militarists alike."
‑ Dragan Antulov, Draxblog Movie Reviews
"This blazingly irreverent comedy hits its machismo targets over and over again to the point of overkill."
‑ Kent Turner, Film-Forward.com
"The characters, if not sympathetic, are at least interesting and brought to life with authenticity by the talented cast."
‑ Bill Muller, Arizona Republic
"It's mostly a lurching, clumsy affair, a very poor man's Catch-22."
‑ Tom Long, Detroit News
"In the chaotic tradition of "Dr. Strangelove"..."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"May ultimately be a tad too calculated to truly shock, but manages to navigate between bad taste and Sgt. Bilko with skill and infectious glee."
‑ Andrew Wright, Portland Mercury
"Aims to be a parable of man's self-destructive nature, and at times it succeeds. Unfortunately, it pulls punches at exactly the times that it should be hitting the hardest."
‑ Brian Mckay, eFilmCritic.com
"It's a well-done satire that only the thinnest of skins would find insulting."
‑ Jeff Strickler, Minneapolis Star Tribune
"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."
‑ Terry Lawson, Detroit Free Press
"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."
‑ Beth Accomando, KPBS.org
"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."
‑ Lawrence Toppman, Charlotte Observer
"The storyline becomes too idiotic and lacking enough funny or relevant moments to fly as a cutting edge satire."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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