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Buffalo '66

Drama . Crime . Comedy . Romance

Billy is released after five years in prison. In the next moment, he kidnaps teenage student Layla and visits his parents with her, pretending she is his girlfriend and they will soon marry.

Actors: Anjelica Huston , Jan-Michael Vincent , Rosanna Arquette , Mickey Rourke , Ben Gazzara , Christina Ricci , Vincent Gallo
Directors: Vincent Gallo
Country: USA , CANADA
Release: 1998-06-26
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  • Bob Graham

    All bets are off. For my money, Vincent Gallo wins the Triple Crown of indie filmmaking -- for writing, directing and starring in Buffalo '66.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Staff (Not credited)

    It's all somehow both familiar and dazzling, just as Ricci's kidnapped tap student, forced to pose as the protagonist's wife for his horrifically indifferent parents, is somehow both nondescript and heartbreaking.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Richard Schickel

    This says nothing about Gallo's own demonic charm as Billy or his directorial boldness in juxtaposing the emotional surreality of his story with the bleak reality of his hometown in winter, creating a sort of casual but strangely haunting weirdness.

    Time Full Review
  • Kevin Thomas

    Alternately satirical and romantic, full of pain and humor, Buffalo '66 is a winner.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • David Edelstein

    Gallo’s movie is terrific, an original and disarming vision of a life that's all skids.

    Slate Full Review
  • Ron Wells

    Gallo transcends the medium in a manner I only associate with David Lynch. It's brilliantly spooky.

    Film Threat Full Review
  • Ella Taylor

    As naked and bitter and mesmerizing a display of self-pity as you've seen outside as Edward Albee play. By the end of this willfully grimy yet oddly beautiful movie, Billy and Layla have earned grudging sympathy.

    L.A. Weekly Full Review
  • Elvis Mitchell

    Cool, stark compositions and the occasional audacious visual trick give Buffalo '66 a memorable look even when its narrative enters the occasional uneventful stretch.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Michael O'Sullivan

    Personal and private almost to the point of self-absorption, the film is ultimately saved from neurotic narcissism by the director's self-deprecating humor and unapologetic honesty about his own dysfunction.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Marc Savlov

    In the end, it's a love story after all, but a peculiarly Gallocentric one -- cheap, nasty, but salvageable nonetheless.

    Austin Chronicle Full Review
  • Roger Ebert

    Plays like a collision between a lot of half-baked visual ideas and a deep and urgent need. That makes it interesting…and the film contains an astonishing performance by Christina Ricci, who seems to have been assigned a portion of the screen where she can do whatever she wants.

    Chicago Sun-Times Full Review
  • James Berardinelli

    Gallo's script is quirky and filled with a number of hilariously strange comic moments.

    ReelViews Full Review
  • Todd McCarthy

    Alive to cinematic ideas, generous to its actors and peppered with unexpected humor, this ultimately sweet-natured low-budgeter is nonetheless riddled with enough off-putting and digressive material.

    Variety Full Review
  • Liam Lacey

    By turns raw, naturalistic and indebted to John Cassavetes, both stylistically and thematically.

    The Globe and Mail (Toronto) Full Review
  • David Denby

    Has an authentic rotgut flavor, but here's the question for the future: Will Gallo learn to criticize his own ideas or continue to pride himself on screwing up?

    New York Magazine (Vulture) Full Review
  • Keith Phipps

    While watching Gazzara, Huston, Kevin Corrigan, Rosanna Arquette, and others take things two steps beyond over-the-top is inherently compelling, it becomes embarrassing before long.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Maitland McDonagh

    Gallo's poor, poor pitiful me routine wears very thin, very fast, but Ricci is incandescent, a softly-glowing dumpling of a dream-girl in powder-blue fishnet tights and sparkly tap shoes: She's the diamond in the dirt.

    TV Guide Full Review
  • Barbara Shulgasser

    The movie is an ill-advised work of egomania by someone who clearly has some talent, but not as much as he seems to think.

    San Francisco Examiner Full Review
  • Jonathan Rosenbaum

    For me the film creates more embarrassment than sympathy, but at least it's a kind of embarrassment that's instructive.

    Chicago Reader Full Review
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