The Great Buck Howard Reviews

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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,
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 3, 2009
A modest snapshot of a performer.
April 2, 2009
The film feels painfully thin.
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.
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.
March 20, 2009
Just as in Burn After Reading, the craftsman's pursuit of character, warts and vulnerability intact, is adamant. He makes it hard to pass up this Buck.
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
The film is a small-scale charmer that provides a tailor-made role for Malkovich, who is always fun to watch.
March 20, 2009
[Director] McGinly, working with a modest budget, balances the film's sense of mockery with its more somber moments and doesn't allow the story's considerable nostalgia and sentimentality to overwhelm it.
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
Writer-director Sean McGinley based his title character on the Amazing Kreskin, and it provides a suitable mainstream vehicle for Malkovich's bruised aloofness.
March 20, 2009
The Great Buck Howard is an agreeable show business satire with a warm heart.
Top Critic
March 20, 2009
Any synopsis of The Great Buck Howard is going to make it sound more than a little like My Favorite Year. ... But that film had a compellingly poignant center.
March 19, 2009
Like the has-been it celebrates, this gentle comedy wears out its welcome by embracing mediocrity.
March 19, 2009
It sidesteps ultra-saccharine territory, emerging as sweetly nostalgic and gently satiric, if lightweight, entertainment.
March 19, 2009
When an actor finds the perfect role, a rare sort of magic happens. And you can find it onscreen right now, in The Great Buck Howard.
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