The Great Buck Howard Reviews

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January 27, 2020
The Great Buck Howard has a pleasantly rueful approach. Instead of the scatological humor in raucous bromances like I Love You, Man, The Great Buck Howard offers a more low-key thoughtfulness about how success is defined.
October 9, 2019
The characters are corny, the script is predictable and the incidental music cues us when to laugh and when to fret.
June 22, 2013
It's a light, weightless, mostly pointless show business homage, and you're likely to forget it about it halfway through.
February 18, 2012
November 17, 2011
April 4, 2011
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,
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.
April 22, 2009
A slight yet satisfying show-biz tale.
April 15, 2009
By no means a great film, but it makes up in modest pleasantness what it lacks in weightiness.
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...
April 10, 2009
...a charming, pleasantly diverting movie that is hard to dislike.
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.
April 4, 2009
Inspired by the Amazing Kreskin, it's a poignant, gently satiric portrait of the utter desperation of a fading celebrity.
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.
April 3, 2009
A modest snapshot of a performer.
April 2, 2009
While arguably sweet and charming, The Great Buck Howard is memorable only because of his sleight of hand.
April 2, 2009
The film feels painfully thin.
April 1, 2009
Malkovich expertly starts the relationship between his character and the audience on several wrong feet before winning us over.
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