• Released
  • November 14, 2012
  • (NY; 12/7 LA)
  • 1 hr 6 min
  • Documentary
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88

Slant Magazine

By Chuck Bowen
Todd Kellstein doesn't allow you to entirely indulge convenient (though understandable and perhaps irresistible) armchair outrage.
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70

Village Voice

By Michael Atkinson
There's no missing Kellstein's unstated horror during the fight sequences, which traffic in queasy blood sport absurdity that overshadows "Battle Royale" and "The Hunger Games," because the cherubs are eight and because it's all too real.
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70

Los Angeles Times

Underlining it all is the exuberance and charm of the two main subjects, who make this world seem disarmingly innocent.
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67

The A.V. Club

By Noel Murray
Buffalo Girls' main problem is that Kellstein can't seem to settle on whether he's making an inspirational sports movie (complete with triumphant music on the soundtrack during the fights), or an exposé of child exploitation among the Thai underclass.
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60

NPR

By Mark Jenkins
In a rare bit of explication, the movie notes that "buffalo" has two connotations in Thailand. For rural folks, it refers to the strength and perseverance of the large animals, called "kwai" in Thai. To urbanites, however, a buffalo is a hick.
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50

Variety

Considering that many will regard child boxing as inappropriate, at the very least, the documentary invites criticism by choosing not to include any voices of dissent or analysis of the sport within a broader social and cultural context.
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50

The New York Times

By Jeannette Catsoulis
A story that, though sickly fascinating, is as crudely rendered as its images.
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61 out of 100
Generally favorable reviews
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