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  • 60
    Mark Jenkins NPR

    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. show more

  • 88
    Chuck Bowen Slant Magazine

    Todd Kellstein doesn't allow you to entirely indulge convenient (though understandable and perhaps irresistible) armchair outrage. show more

  • 70
    Michael Atkinson Village Voice

    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. show more

  • 70
    Los Angeles Times

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

  • 50
    Jeannette Catsoulis The New York Times

    A story that, though sickly fascinating, is as crudely rendered as its images. show more

  • 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. show more

  • 67
    Noel Murray The A.V. Club

    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. show more

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