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Buck (2011)



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"Your horse is a mirror to your soul, and sometimes you may not like what you see. Sometimes, you will." So says Buck Brannaman, a true American cowboy and sage on horseback who travels the country for nine grueling months a year helping horses with people problems. BUCK, a richly textured and visually stunning film, follows Brannaman from his abusive childhood to his phenomenally successful approach to horses. A real life "horse-whisperer", he eschews the violence of his upbringing and teaches people to communicate with horses through leadership and sensitivity, not punishment. Buck possesses near magical abilities as he dramatically transforms horses - and people - with his understanding, compassion and respect. In this film, the animal-human relationship becomes a metaphor for facing the daily challenges of life. A truly American story about an unsung hero, Buck is about an ordinary man who has made an extraordinary life despite tremendous odds. -- (C) IFC Films

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Critic Reviews for Buck

All Critics (104) | Top Critics (31)

There's a whole heap of Americana to wallow in here, but it's testimony to the director and subject that Buck still trots along at such a lick.

April 27, 2012 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

An unforgettable film about an extraordinary man.

April 27, 2012 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Singular in style and impressively reflective of its protagonist's nature. Universal in theme, but may struggle to find a wide audience.

April 26, 2012 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

If you have even a passing interest in horses, you may find yourself smitten with this meditative doc.

April 24, 2012 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
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Cynics beware: Darned tootin', we're home on the range here, where seldom is heard a discouraging word and don't nobody be yappin' that Buck is too good to be true.

October 28, 2011 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Interviews with horse people, Brannaman's very funny, elderly stepmother and director Robert Redford help round out the doc, but all we really need is time with Brannaman, and Meehl doesn't disappoint.

October 28, 2011 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Buck


While not exactly the most substantial of documentaries, "Buck" still has plenty to say about the human condition, through horses, no less. As Buck Brannaman says in the clinics he conducts all over the country nine months out of the year, it is not the humans with a horse problem he is trying to help but horses with a human problem. Growing up, he and his brother were severely phyiscally abused by their father. With luck and the help of caring foster parents, Buck turned out okay and sensitive to the concerns of others and the odd episode of Oprah.(I had to check out the deleted scenes on the DVD to find out how Buck's brother turned out.) As a parent, Buck feels it is okay to discipline one's children but only in an encouraging, not discouraging way. As alone as he is a lot on the road, he looks forward to returning home to his family, with his eldest daughter, Reata, now joining him for the summer.

Walter M.
Walter M.

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Sometimes people's stories are just leaps and bounds better than anything Hollywood could produce. This doc is a mesmerizing and heart-warming look at a good and gentle man who took the pain of his childhood and turned it into grace. It may sound cliche and boring, but I'll be damned it you can watch it and not be moved.

Reid Volk
Reid Volk

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This documentary reveals the power of firm tenderness and trust -- not just with horses, but with people too.

Matthew Slaven
Matthew Slaven

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