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Buck Reviews

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Michael D. Smith
Kansas City Star
July 1, 2011
It's mesmerizing to watch him do his magic with problem horses, but the film becomes a bit of a one-trick pony after a while.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Ignatiy Vishnevetsky
Ebert Presents At The Movies
June 20, 2011
A puff piece.
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
June 12, 2011
Much of the movie - too much of it - is just Buck in the corral, riding, working with ropes and flags, conditioning a horse to behave.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
October 5, 2011
A bit stretched as far as its point is concerned.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Andrew Schenker
Slant Magazine
June 12, 2011
Even when Meehl hits on first-rate footage of a fascinating practice, she insists on undermining its strength by reducing it to little more than a device for the delivery of a simplistic, shopworn message.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Simon Foster
sbs.com.au
February 13, 2012
Meehl seems entirely smitten by her subject matter...and her blind adoration is a double-edged sword, imbuing her film with tremendous warmth but also nullifying any hint of objectivity.
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
July 1, 2011
Unfortunately, "Buck" follows too closely its hero's example: It is laconic to the point of sleepiness.
| Original Score: 2/4
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David Hiltbrand
Philadelphia Inquirer
June 23, 2011
Brannaman is a fascinating character, but Buck is so tightly focused that only avid horse lovers will find it appealing.
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
June 23, 2011
The man's mythology precedes him, and it's the movie's failing that we don't understand how or whether he uses that mythology because he knows it's good business.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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V.A. Musetto
New York Post
June 17, 2011
I don't know why, but I just can't get all worked up over Dan (Buck) Brannaman, subject of the documentary "Buck."
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Marc Savlov
Austin Chronicle
June 24, 2011
Meehl's documentary features plenty of interviews with cowboys and ranch hands who've had their lives changed by Brannaman, but it lacks the literary or cinematic magic of either version of The Horse Whisperer.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Chris Norris
Film Comment Magazine
November 7, 2013
Meehl roots this redemption tale in carefully observed demonstrations at his clinics, even as the gorgeously shot landscape reminds us why stories like this are Hollywood's very lifeblood
Tracy Moore
Common Sense Media
August 26, 2015
Powerful profile on horse whisperer has mature themes.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Blake Howard
2UE That Movie Show
April 27, 2012
Real life trumps 'reel life' in this fantastic, sweet, personal, human story about this true eccentric character.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Ashley Clark
Little White Lies
April 26, 2012
Singular in style and impressively reflective of its protagonist's nature. Universal in theme, but may struggle to find a wide audience.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Mathew DeKinder
Suburban Journals of St. Louis
June 27, 2011
"Buck" is an absolute must-see for horse-lovers out there, but there also is plenty to enjoy for the non-equine-adorers as well.
CJ Johnson
ABC Radio (Australia)
March 5, 2012
It would be a very hard-hearted person indeed who would not warm to the gentle charms of ... this low-key, fondly personal look at one of life's gifted but hardly world-famous personages.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Molly Eichel
Philadelphia Daily News
June 23, 2011
Brannaman has firsthand experience with the cycle of abuse and his backstory elevates "Buck" from simple profile to something deeper and more heartfelt.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Eve Barlow
Empire Magazine
April 10, 2012
A touching, if occasionally overwrought look at the inspiration behind Robert Redford's Horse Whisperer.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Simon Miraudo
Quickflix
August 17, 2011
Following the exploits of real-life cowboy (and inspiration and advisor on The Horse Whisperer) Buck Brannaman, Buck is a warm and sweet-natured, uncomplicated doco tailor made for people who like a) horses and b) being made to smile.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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