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Derek Adams
Time Out
April 24, 2012
If you have even a passing interest in horses, you may find yourself smitten with this meditative doc.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
October 28, 2011
Cynics beware: Darned tootin', we're home on the range here, where seldom is heard a discouraging word and don't nobody be yappin' that Buck is too good to be true.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Linda Barnard
Toronto Star
October 28, 2011
Interviews with horse people, Brannaman's very funny, elderly stepmother and director Robert Redford help round out the doc, but all we really need is time with Brannaman, and Meehl doesn't disappoint.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
September 7, 2011
The result is a portrait that expertly mirrors its subject: Buck is shaped with the same economy, restraint, and unfussiness as the man, to unexpectedly inspiring effect.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
June 30, 2011
One of the most valuable things a film can do is to take you to a place or introduce you to a character you haven't encountered before.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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June 24, 2011
It's well and good to hear Buck and others tell his story, but the film wouldn't come to much if you didn't feel the connection between his present and past in every frame.
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John DeFore
Washington Post
June 24, 2011
You don't have to be a horse nut to fall for "Buck," one of those rare documentaries whose subject is so inherently fascinating that a fictional character could hardly compete.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
June 24, 2011
Beautifully but simply wrought by director Cindy Meehl, this deft documentary is a poignant reappraisal of what it means to be human.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
June 23, 2011
Documentaries have a wonderful way of making us care about people and things way outside our own experience, and "Buck" is a prime example.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Tom Keogh
Seattle Times
June 23, 2011
Never has the special relationship between people and horses appeared more magnificent and even lyrical on film than in "Buck."
| Original Score: 3/4
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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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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
June 23, 2011
What I was left with was the goodness of Buck Brannaman as a man.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Mary F. Pols
TIME Magazine
June 21, 2011
Buck has the air of a beautiful little mystery; even knowing the uplifting outcome, you wonder at the strength that brought him to this place.
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Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
June 19, 2011
A haunting, beautifully told tale about a genuine American original, who survived a childhood of violent abuse to become a leading figure in new-school horse training.
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
June 18, 2011
It celebrates a communion between man and animal that runs deeper than any division.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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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
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Betsy Sharkey
Los Angeles Times
June 16, 2011
What a relief in times saturated with news of the worst of humanity to see something of the best.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
June 16, 2011
It keeps you fascinated, even enthralled; elicits astonishment, even wonderment, and makes you grateful for the chance to meet someone remarkable.
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
June 16, 2011
Holds your attention and heart for a tight 88 minutes.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
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Sam Adams
AV Club
June 16, 2011
Perhaps Brannaman's art is too subtle and instinctive to be captured on camera, but it's a shame Meehl doesn't do a better job of capturing exactly what makes him, by all accounts, a miraculously successful trainer.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
June 15, 2011
Even if we can't live his cowboy life, Buck Brannaman's world is well worth visiting.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out
June 15, 2011
This film's effectively wrought communion between once-spooked man and animal is more than enough for any entertainment. It rides easily into your heart.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Mark Holcomb
Village Voice
June 14, 2011
Despite these odds, Brannaman grew into a preternaturally gentle adult who channels hard-earned patience and compassion into his work.
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Christy Lemire
Associated Press
June 14, 2011
This is going to sound corny, but here goes: "Buck" will make you want to be a better person.
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James Rocchi
MSN Movies
June 13, 2011
... a rare documentary as intellectually and philosophically rewarding as it is emotionally moving.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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John DeFore
Hollywood Reporter
June 13, 2011
Doc about the real-life Horse Whisperer holds fascination both inside and out of the corral.
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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
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Dennis Harvey
Variety
January 31, 2011
First feature for Cindy Meehl is confidently assembled, with attractive contributions from the two cinematographers and composer David Robbins.