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
Picturesque scenery of Montana needs no smoke and mirrors to look as stunning as it does here, though they're juxtaposed occasionally with the tough plight that landowners in this area of the country face...
Essentially a long instructional "horse whispering" video beefed up with Redford hype, underscored with a sad biography...
| Original Score: 2.5/4
As enjoyable a documentary as I've seen this past couple of years...
Real life trumps 'reel life' in this fantastic, sweet, personal, human story about this true eccentric character.
| Original Score: 4/5
There's a whole heap of Americana to wallow in here, but it's testimony to the director and subject that Buck still trots along at such a lick.
An unforgettable film about an extraordinary man.
| Original Score: 3/5
A straightforward film but one in which Brannaman's gift and modesty shine through.
Singular in style and impressively reflective of its protagonist's nature. Universal in theme, but may struggle to find a wide audience.
Entertaining and emotionally engaging documentary with a powerful, important message delivered by an immensely likeable central character.
If you have even a passing interest in horses, you may find yourself smitten with this meditative doc.
A touching, if occasionally overwrought look at the inspiration behind Robert Redford's Horse Whisperer.
Breaking the cycle of abuse, Buck's deep-rooted respect for these dignified animals is truly inspiring.
It would be a very hard-hearted person indeed who would not warm to the gentle charms of ... this low-key, fondly personal look at one of life's gifted but hardly world-famous personages.
Imagine the Dude from The Big Lebowski if he had been raised on a dude ranch.
| Original Score: 5/5
The great pleasure of this film is that we meet Buck the man as well as Buck the horseman; it's a rounded and balanced doco, a rich, complex, miniature biopic of Buck who bucked his fate
I was entranced and intensely moved by this marvellous and unforgettable documentary
As we see in Cindy Meehl's terrific documentary Buck, the rugged, plain-spoken Brannaman comes by his knowledge the hard way.
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.
| Original Score: 3/4