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Based on 31 Reviews
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fan reviews ( 9 )
  • 75
    Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle

    The documentary shows Buck over the course of a year, as he travels and teaches. Along the way, Robert Redford is interviewed about Buck's contribution to "The Horse Whisperer" (1998). Redford likes him, so he can't be a phony. show more

  • 100
    Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal

    It keeps you fascinated, even enthralled; elicits astonishment, even wonderment, and makes you grateful for the chance to meet someone remarkable. show more

  • 63
    David Hiltbrand Philadelphia Inquirer

    Brannaman is a fascinating character, but Buck is so tightly focused that only avid horse lovers will find it appealing. show more

  • 60
    Elizabeth Weitzman New York Daily News

    Even if we can't live his cowboy life, Buck Brannaman's world is well worth visiting. show more

  • 70
    The Hollywood Reporter

    A quietly captivating portrait of an unlikely character, Buck is as modest as its subject and wins viewers over just as easily. show more

  • 80
    Michelle Orange Movieline

    Soft-spoken and stoical, Brannaman is a firm but sensitive presence in front of the camera and facing down a spooked horse. show more

  • 88
    Washington Post

    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. show more

  • 88
    Mike Scott New Orleans Times-Picayune

    Seeing Brannaman work in the warm, sun-dappled documentary Buck makes it clear why he was such a perfect fit for Redford's film: Few people can handle horses the way Brannaman does. show more

  • 88
    Joe Williams St. Louis Post-Dispatch

    Beautifully but simply wrought by director Cindy Meehl, this deft documentary is a poignant reappraisal of what it means to be human. show more

  • 75
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    What I was left with was the goodness of Buck Brannaman as a man. He was dealt a hand that might have destroyed him. He overcame his start and is now a wise and influential role model. He does unto horses as he wishes his father had done onto him. show more

  • July 21, 2011 davidxaviersdad
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    An amazing & magical movie! My only complaint is it was too short!

  • July 21, 2011 joesusalyn
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    Excellent documentary film. Enjoyed it immensely and highly recommend it.

  • July 20, 2011 sc00000015068241
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    I like horse stories.

  • July 08, 2011 slpowellpowell
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    This is a great movie for all people, horse lover or not. It teaches a lot about humanity and the strength within. I would highly recommend it, the audience clapped when it was over at the theater I saw it.

  • July 01, 2011 Margaret Opine
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  • June 26, 2011 ksharlan
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    Great documentary - One that is true and non political - so refreshing since most documentaries are slanted today. Buck is also genuine and worthy of a documentary - a rare trait in films today.

  • June 21, 2011 jocass44
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    Fantastic on all fronts--funny, moving, beautiful. First time director Cindy Meehl hit a home run. What artistry!!!

  • June 20, 2011 barbandanimals
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    Right On Buck. thank you!

  • June 17, 2011 pasocorto
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    Excellent movie. If you like horses this is a must see.

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