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The Great Buck Howard Reviews

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Nell Minow
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
February 18, 2012
Full Review | Original Score: B
Dave White
April 4, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
April 10, 2009
...a charming, pleasantly diverting movie that is hard to dislike.
Full Review | Original Score: 86/100
Top Critic
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
Top Critic
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
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
Top Critic
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
Alissa Wilkinson
Christianity Today
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
Jeanne Kaplan
Kaplan vs. Kaplan
March 23, 2009
Malkovich is superb as the outwardly gracious, inwardly hostile and acerbic has-been.
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David Kaplan
Kaplan vs. Kaplan
March 23, 2009
This is a film to treasure, with smart performances and a dead-on script.
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Top Critic
Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
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
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Amy Nicholson
I.E. Weekly
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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