Where the Buffalo Roam
Where the Buffalo Roam (1980)

In this satirical film, the infamous journalist Hunter S. Thompson sets off on a crazy trip around the country to cover the main events of the '60s and '70s, including Watergate and the Vietnam War.

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Rated: R
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Genre: Comedy
Release Date: April 25, 1980
DVD Release Date: January 11, 2000
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Critic Score: 17% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

The movie is about manic energy, but you can feel everyone straining just to get the next shot on the screen.

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John Gill
Time Out

Laughs aplenty for people who use drugs as a pose, but most will be left wondering if half a pint of Bass doesn't qualify as a revolutionary action.

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Austin Trunick
Under the Radar

While [Bill] Murray is more than likable in his role, he isn't able to capture the larger-than-life figure he set out to inhabit.

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Gary Arnold
Washington Post

Where the Buffalo Roam is a shambling stiff, destined to tarnish the reputations of everyone responsible for it.

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Janet Maslin
New York Times

Mr. Murray is clever whenever he is audible... But the story rambles desperately, and there are times when the screenplay is barely there. Mr. Thompson's only identifiable quality soon becomes facetiousness, and it wears terribly thin.

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Dick Fiddy
Radio Times

An interesting and savage little piece.

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Variety Staff

[Where the Buffalo Roam] features a number of amusing set-pieces of irreverent lunacy, but lack of serious substance renders film too frivolous and detached from reality.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

This is the kind of bad movie that's almost worth seeing. But there are large things wrong with Where the Buffalo Roam.

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TV Guide

A sporadically amusing, frustratingly scattershot look at Thompson's life and times.

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Flixster Audience Score: 73% Flixster User Reviews
Lucas Martins
It's about Hunter Thompson and is with Bill Murray, so it have everything to go right. But a screenplay kill a probably good movie that become silly and… More
Aj V
Watching this movie, I was expecting a comedy, but it's really more of a biography of journalist Hunter S. Thompson, and as that it's interesting, but… More
Graham Jones
Ridiculous but still entertaining.
Curtis Lilly
This movie was like 100% un-entertaining. Not once did I find it enjoyable. It's only interesting to see how crazy H.S. Thompson was, but unlike Fear and… More
Chris Weber
This was the Hunter S. Thompson movie before Terry Gilliam decided to do his version. It's more of a series of episodic vignettes based on several of… More
Ken Stachnik
Better than Fear and Loathing...but not my cup of tea