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The Great Buck Howard Reviews

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Will Leitch
Deadspin
June 22, 2013
It's a light, weightless, mostly pointless show business homage, and you're likely to forget it about it halfway through.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
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Leo Goldsmith
indieWIRE
August 8, 2009
Malkovich's titular mentalist is the primary focus of attention%u2014and sadly the source of many of the film's unique problems. In a career of strange performances, Malkovich turns in a true curiosity here%u2014and maybe it's because he is not, for once,
Mike Scott
Times-Picayune
July 24, 2009
The problem isn't so much in the film's clumsy, hand-holding narration, or in its forced quirkiness. Rather it's that its most interesting character -- the one they named the thing after -- isn't the main character.
| Original Score: 2/4
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing
April 22, 2009
A slight yet satisfying show-biz tale.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
April 15, 2009
By no means a great film, but it makes up in modest pleasantness what it lacks in weightiness.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
April 10, 2009
Sleight of hand is among a magician's greatest assets, but even the most gullible rubes will be able to follow most of writer-director Sean McGinly's telegraphed moves in this agreeable but lightweight film...
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
April 10, 2009
...a charming, pleasantly diverting movie that is hard to dislike.
Full Review | Original Score: 86/100
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April 9, 2009
This is not a rare movie, but it does have a warm red center. It's likable, and its appeal grows as it recovers from a shaky start and finds its footing.
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
April 8, 2009
A pleasant enough comedy in the My Favorite Year mold.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Susan Granger
SSG Syndicate
April 4, 2009
Inspired by the Amazing Kreskin, it's a poignant, gently satiric portrait of the utter desperation of a fading celebrity.
Full Review| Original Score: 6/10
Tony Medley
Tolucan Times
April 4, 2009
This moderately entertaining film would have been a lot more entertaining had the charismatic, exceptionally talented Emily Blunt been given a much larger role.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
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Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle
April 3, 2009
A modest snapshot of a performer.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Duane Dudek
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
April 2, 2009
While arguably sweet and charming, The Great Buck Howard is memorable only because of his sleight of hand.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Rafer Guzman
Newsday
April 2, 2009
The film feels painfully thin.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star
April 1, 2009
Malkovich expertly starts the relationship between his character and the audience on several wrong feet before winning us over.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Ron Wilkinson
Monsters and Critics
March 29, 2009
A good comedy with jokes and nostalgia for the whole family and tasteful subject matter. But it would have been as good or better without the Hanks father-son team.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
March 27, 2009
Watching The Great Buck Howard is like listening to 'Chopsticks' played really well. Impressive, maybe, but who cares?
| Original Score: 1/4
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
March 27, 2009
Buck Howard is Malkovich's show. When's he's off the screen, the film sputters, but while he's on-camera, it's magical.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
March 26, 2009
A delightful drama about a seasoned mentalist who has seen better days and yet can still engender genuine wonder in the minds of his audiences.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Ross Anthony
Hollywood Report Card
March 25, 2009
The heart of the film is all about finding life's element, better yet, a way to put yourself into your life's element, despite pressures to be somewhere or something else.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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