The Great Buck Howard Synopsis
A law-school dropout (Colin Hanks) takes a job as a fading illusionist's (John Malkovich) assistant.
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Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
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.
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88

Premiere

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You might not bust a gut laughing, but Malkovich’s performance alone is worth the 90-minutes required to watch it.
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88

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
I firmly believe such illusions are never the result of psychic powers, but I am fascinated by them, anyway. The wisdom of this film,...
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88

USA Today

By Claudia Puig
A bit of a throwback, a nostalgic, easygoing Capra-esque comedy that should appeal to both youthful and older audiences.
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75

San Francisco Chronicle

By Walter Addiego
Doesn't allow the story's considerable nostalgia and sentimentality to overwhelm it.
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70

The Hollywood Reporter

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A warm, amiable glimpse at the end of the showbiz road.
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70

New York Daily News

By Elizabeth Weitzman
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...
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63

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
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...
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50

Boston Globe

By Wesley Morris
This is an old man's movie, without an old man's experience. Despite McGinly's stated affection for Kreskin (the movie ends with a written...
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50

NPR

By Bob Mondello
Laughs? Schmaltz? Life lessons? They're all there in Sean McGinly's pleasantly lackadaisical script, but not in such abundance that they...
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“THE GREAT BUCK HOWARD” – A MENTALIST-ICALLY STIMULATING COMEDY =

By jimchudnow
(Based on an advance preview:) JOHN MALKOVICH stars as an over-the-hill entertainer, a thought-reader “mentalist” based on the life of The Amazing Kreskin. In this film, his character is quite...

Worth the Buck

By kab679
Excellent! John Malkovich play the character of a man on the edge of total rage really well....

Whimsical; optimistic

By ngerken41
A pleasant afternoon at the movies. Probably best for those who remember Johnny Carson and the Amazing Kreskin; but also works all who love John Malkovich. We had a good time....

THE GREAT BUCK HOWARD = Very Good Entertainment

By lugubriousthespian
John Malkovich again proves why he is one of the most deceptively versatile actors working today. He totally immerses himself into the very enigmatic role of Buck Howard that is loosely based on the...

Great Movie a must see for any performer

By magc9
I love this movie I have performed with Kreskin and John Malkovich nails it . I also feel Colin Hanks was perfect in the role of troy. Dont let this movie slip past you its a must see....

Worth Seeing

By SleeplessInAustin
It's a "little" movie. I'm an Emily Blunt fan and I like John Malkovich. It was a good role for Colin Hanks. It was pleasant hour and a half....

The great buck ripoff

By Movieloverwholovesmovies
These people who made the movie must have been made in a hurry because of its crappy no point at all script. Its about this assistant who is helping the great buck howard who is a failing magician....

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Rated PG | For some language including suggestive remarks, and a drug reference
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says OK for kids 12+ Offbeat magic comedy isn't likely to get kids' attention.
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