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The Great Buck Howard
A young man on his way up hitches his wagon to a middle-aged star on his way down in a comedy from writer and director Sean McGinly. Troy Gable (Colin Hanks) is a guy in his early twenties who has dropped out of law school and is pondering his next move. Troy has an interest in working in the entertainment business, and when he learns that a "celebrity performer" is looking for a personal assistant, Troy thinks he's found the ideal entry-level position. Troy soon discovers he's landed a job as a glorified gofer for Buck Howard (John Malkovich), a once-famous mentalist who… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 71%

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"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."
‑ Jonathan F. Richards,
"The film feels painfully thin."
‑ Rafer Guzman, Newsday
"It's a light, weightless, mostly pointless show business homage, and you're likely to forget it about it halfway through."
‑ Will Leitch, Deadspin
"A slight yet satisfying show-biz tale."
‑ Matt Brunson, Creative Loafing
"...a charming, pleasantly diverting movie that is hard to dislike."
‑ Philip Martin, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
"A pleasant enough comedy in the My Favorite Year mold."
‑ Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel
"Buck Howard is Malkovich's show. When's he's off the screen, the film sputters, but while he's on-camera, it's magical."
‑ Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune
"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,"
‑ Leo Goldsmith, indieWIRE
"By no means a great film, but it makes up in modest pleasantness what it lacks in weightiness."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"Inspired by the Amazing Kreskin, it's a poignant, gently satiric portrait of the utter desperation of a fading celebrity."
‑ Susan Granger, SSG Syndicate
"A modest snapshot of a performer."
‑ Amy Biancolli, Houston Chronicle
"The movie, which was written and directed by Sean McGinly, is consistently good as long as it centers on Buck and his seriocomic travails."
‑ Peter Rainer, Christian Science Monitor
"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."
‑ Mike Scott, Times-Picayune
"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..."
‑ John Beifuss, Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
"This moderately entertaining film would have been a lot more entertaining had the charismatic, exceptionally talented Emily Blunt been given a much larger role."
‑ Tony Medley, Tolucan Times
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