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Buck (2011)



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"Your horse is a mirror to your soul, and sometimes you may not like what you see. Sometimes, you will." So says Buck Brannaman, a true American cowboy and sage on horseback who travels the country for nine grueling months a year helping horses with people problems. BUCK, a richly textured and visually stunning film, follows Brannaman from his abusive childhood to his phenomenally successful approach to horses. A real life "horse-whisperer", he eschews the violence of his upbringing and teaches people to communicate with horses through leadership and sensitivity, not punishment. Buck possesses near magical abilities as he dramatically transforms horses - and people - with his understanding, compassion and respect. In this film, the animal-human relationship becomes a metaphor for facing the daily challenges of life. A truly American story about an unsung hero, Buck is about an ordinary man who has made an extraordinary life despite tremendous odds. -- (C) IFC Filmsmore
Rating: PG (for thematic elements, mild language and an injury)
Genre: Documentary, Special Interest
Directed By:
In Theaters:
On DVD: Oct 4, 2011
Box Office: $4.0M
IFC Films - Official Site

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Critic Reviews for Buck

All Critics (100) | Top Critics (29)

If you have even a passing interest in horses, you may find yourself smitten with this meditative doc.

Full Review… | April 24, 2012
Time Out
Top Critic

Cynics beware: Darned tootin', we're home on the range here, where seldom is heard a discouraging word and don't nobody be yappin' that Buck is too good to be true.

Full Review… | October 28, 2011
Globe and Mail
Top Critic

Interviews with horse people, Brannaman's very funny, elderly stepmother and director Robert Redford help round out the doc, but all we really need is time with Brannaman, and Meehl doesn't disappoint.

Full Review… | October 28, 2011
Toronto Star
Top Critic

Powerful profile on horse whisperer has mature themes.

Full Review… | August 26, 2015
Common Sense Media

This isn't just a love letter, at times it feels like full-on fellatio.

Full Review… | May 3, 2015
Philadelphia Weekly

Meehl roots this redemption tale in carefully observed demonstrations at his clinics, even as the gorgeously shot landscape reminds us why stories like this are Hollywood's very lifeblood

Full Review… | November 7, 2013
Film Comment Magazine

Audience Reviews for Buck


Sometimes people's stories are just leaps and bounds better than anything Hollywood could produce. This doc is a mesmerizing and heart-warming look at a good and gentle man who took the pain of his childhood and turned it into grace. It may sound cliche and boring, but I'll be damned it you can watch it and not be moved.

Reid Volk

Super Reviewer


This documentary reveals the power of firm tenderness and trust -- not just with horses, but with people too.

Matthew Slaven
Matthew Slaven

Super Reviewer

Documentary glibly but accurately described as profiling "a real-life horse whisperer." The story here is how a gifted young cowboy overcame childhood abuse and applied the lessons he learned to training horses. It's an inspirational movie, with all the lack of conflict or subtlety that word implies, but it holds your interest and is definitely worth a watch if you're interested in either horse training or child abuse.

Greg S

Super Reviewer

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