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The Great Buck Howard Reviews

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Will Leitch
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+
Josh Bell
Las Vegas Weekly
June 23, 2008
It's a great greeting card, but it's not much of a movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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James Berardinelli
March 16, 2009
Despite the presence of some A-list performers, The Great Buck Howard can't shake the feeling that it's more on the level of made-for-TV than something destined for theatrical greatness.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Leo Goldsmith
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
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
Kimberly Gadette
Indie Movies Online
March 20, 2009
With minimal backbone, poor Hanks can barely stand on his own, let alone stand up to the force of the braying Malkovich. The title's all wrong. Ladies and Gents, I give you 'The Squid and the Wail.'
Full Review | Original Score: 3/10
Avi Offer
NYC Movie Guru
March 21, 2009
Boasts a radiant comedic performance by John Malkovich and a breezy, sporadically hilarious plot that increasingly becomes a lazy, contrived and uneven satire with not enough bite.
Full Review | Original Score: 5.75/10
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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Betsy Sharkey
Los Angeles Times
March 20, 2009
What Malkovich really needs are actors opposite him with a few more tricks up their sleeve.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Nick Schager
Slant Magazine
March 16, 2009
If Great Buck Howard is formulaic and only mildly funny, however, Malkovich is nonetheless magnificent.
Cole Smithey
March 13, 2009
Ostensibly about nostalgia for a vaudeville breed of entertainer that was never very good to begin with, "The Great Buck Howard" doesn't know whether to mock or celebrate its tragic protagonist.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Paul Brenner
March 19, 2009
shot like it's an especially wacky episode of All My Children.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Brandon Fibbs
March 19, 2009
A likeable enough actor who has shown far more personality in films far worse than this one, Hanks fails miserably as the one character with whom we are supposed to relate.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
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Dan Zak
Washington Post
March 20, 2009
Under the direction of, say, Alexander Payne or David O. Russell, Malkovich might have flourished in a deeper, darker, more madcap version of the film.
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
March 19, 2009
It's the movie equivalent of handing us a business card.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
March 20, 2009
Malkovich keeps Buck an enigma -- part fool, part unheralded genius -- and if the film moves in expected ways it also hits some subtle grace notes.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Hank Sartin
Time Out
November 17, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Rafer Guzman
April 2, 2009
The film feels painfully thin.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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
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
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