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91
The Great Buck Howard is in love with kitsch, the backwaters of showbiz, and true magic. It's a wee charmer that left me enchanted.
88
I firmly believe such illusions are never the result of psychic powers, but I am fascinated by them, anyway. The wisdom of this film, directed and written by Sean McGinly, is to never say.
88
A bit of a throwback, a nostalgic, easygoing Capra-esque comedy that should appeal to both youthful and older audiences.
88
Premiere
You might not bust a gut laughing, but Malkovich's performance alone is worth the 90-minutes required to watch it.
75
San Francisco Chronicle
Doesn't allow the story's considerable nostalgia and sentimentality to overwhelm it.
75
A small-scale charmer that provides a tailor-made role for Malkovich, who is always fun to watch.
75
Buck is a very audience-friendly film, provided that the audience is willing to let itself be taken along for a fairly manipulative ride.
70
Hanks is extremely understated, but his passivity works: as the son of a superstar, he may have realized that Troy's role is simply to observe and reflect his boss's glory.
70
The Hollywood Reporter
A warm, amiable glimpse at the end of the showbiz road.
63
Like Mickey Rourke in "The Wrestler," Malkovich plays a star long past his glory days in The Great Buck Howard, but continuing to do the only thing he knows. The tone of the two films couldn't be less alike, but the story arc of the central characters graphs the same.
50
Laughs? Schmaltz? Life lessons? They're all there in Sean McGinly's pleasantly lackadaisical script, but not in such abundance that they seem reason enough to see the film.

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