The Great Buck Howard
The Great Buck Howard (2009)

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… More

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Rated: PG
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Genre: Drama, Comedy
Release Date: March 20, 2009
DVD Release Date: July 21, 2009
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Critic Score: 72% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: By turns fluffy and biting, this show biz comedy is given girth by comic heavyweight John Malkovich and made all the more charming by Emily Blunt.

Leo Goldsmith

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,

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Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle

A modest snapshot of a performer.

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Will Leitch

It's a light, weightless, mostly pointless show business homage, and you're likely to forget it about it halfway through.

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Jonathan F. Richards

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.

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Rafer Guzman

The film feels painfully thin.

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Mike Scott

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.

Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel

A pleasant enough comedy in the My Favorite Year mold.

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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune

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.

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Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing

A slight yet satisfying show-biz tale.

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Flixster Audience Score: 49% Flixster User Reviews
Manu Gino
Get ready for the comeback of a lifetime. Very good movie. More than what I expected! Nicely done, this film is funny and likable. A modern story about life… More
paul sandberg
Using my great mental abilities (debatable for sure), I sense a paper thin plot, fleshed out by a totally unnecessary plot device (provided by Emily Blunt as… More
Melvin White
Buck Howard: I love this town!  "Greatness is a state of mind" I love this movie. Although, there were a few things wrong with it, such as Colin… More
Aaron Neuwirth
Buck Howard: I love this town! This is a very simple movie, but a likable one. Things are generally very simple when you have Collin Hanks involved and… More
Lewis C.
"But I had learned from Buck that when you do the thing you love, somehow, magically, you find the money." The Great Buck Howard is a slightly above… More
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