The Great Buck Howard Reviews

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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.
November 17, 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 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 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 2, 2009
The film feels painfully thin.
March 27, 2009
Watching The Great Buck Howard is like listening to 'Chopsticks' played really well. Impressive, maybe, but who cares?
March 23, 2009
Malkovich's performance is too awkwardly manic, and Hanks' is too sleepy - paving the way for Emily Blunt to steal the movie.
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.
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.
March 20, 2009
What Malkovich really needs are actors opposite him with a few more tricks up their sleeve.
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.
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.'
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.
March 19, 2009
shot like it's an especially wacky episode of All My Children.
March 19, 2009
Like the has-been it celebrates, this gentle comedy wears out its welcome by embracing mediocrity.
March 19, 2009
A too-predictable comedy-drama that pales in comparison to earlier, better features about similar subject matter -- such as the 1982 Peter O'Toole comedy My Favorite Year.
March 19, 2009
Has one standout element in the form of John Malkovich, but everything else can, and will, be easily forgotten.
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