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The Great Buck Howard
Once upon a time, Buck Howard spent his days in the limelight. His mind-boggling feats as a mentalist extraordinaire--not to be confused with those of a mere magician--earned him a marquee act in Vegas and 61 appearances on Johnny Carson's Tonight Show. In his own humble opinion, his talents go far beyond simple sleight of hand - he can read minds and hypnotize not just a single soul but an entire room of people! But nowadays, it's clear to everyone but Buck that his act has lost its luster; he performs in faded community centers and hasn't sold out a theater in years. Yet, with a… 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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