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The Great Buck Howard Reviews

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February 18, 2012
Full Review | Original Score: B
April 4, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
April 22, 2009
A slight yet satisfying show-biz tale.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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
April 10, 2009
...a charming, pleasantly diverting movie that is hard to dislike.
Full Review | Original Score: 86/100
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.
April 8, 2009
A pleasant enough comedy in the My Favorite Year mold.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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
April 3, 2009
A modest snapshot of a performer.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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
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
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
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
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
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
March 23, 2009
Light, witty, and occasionally thoughtful, The Great Buck Howard is a good Saturday-afternoon popcorn flick for teens and adults.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
March 23, 2009
Malkovich is superb as the outwardly gracious, inwardly hostile and acerbic has-been.
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March 23, 2009
This is a film to treasure, with smart performances and a dead-on script.
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March 23, 2009
The movie, which was written and directed by Sean McGinly, is consistently good as long as it centers on Buck and his seriocomic travails.
Full Review | Original Score: B
March 21, 2009
To their credit, Malkovich and McGinly never make sentimentality easy--when Buck's career starts picking up, the first thing he does is get a facelift.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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