American Buffalo
American Buffalo (1996)

A pair of ne'er-do-wells and their young intern plot the theft of a valuable Buffalo-head nickel in this drama that is based on a 1975 play by David Mamet. Most of the story takes place within the junky confines of Don Dubrow's… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: September 13, 1996
DVD Release Date: January 23, 2001
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Critic Score: 74% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Daniel M. Kimmel

A three-character, one-set chamber piece, pic lacks the bravura moments of the film version of the playwright's Glengarry Glen Ross

Rob Gonsalves

Mesmerized by the trademark Mamet gutter poetry, Corrente directs unobtrusively and respectfully.

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Willie Waffle

My example of a great Back Shelf Beauty

Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing

Mamet's strafing dialogue still hits its marks, but director Michael Corrente never manages to turn this into anything more than a static filmed play.

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Emanuel Levy

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

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Brian Mckay

There is little sense of tension, nor any dramatically sound resolution. American Buffalo seems to end rather abruptly - but not a moment too soon

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Dustin Hoffman channels his Ratso Rizzo character from the 1969 Midnight Cowboy.

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Chuck O'Leary
Fantastica Daily

A colossal letdown that ends up running in place.

Michael Szymanski

Powerful and overlooked,lost in the shuffle.

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Flixster Audience Score: 46% Flixster User Reviews
Michael Gildea
A great movie version of a great play.
Anthony Valletta
Although the play was better, performances from Hoffman and Franz maintain interest.
John Ballantine
Very disappointing. This is my least favourite David Mamet play and it has been translated into a poor film.
Christopher Brown
One of those films I loved at the time I saw it, and barely thought of it since. I really should watch this again, I remember that it was based on a play and I… More
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