Uncle Buck Synopsis
Parents in a pinch have a bachelor uncle (John Candy) baby-sit.

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Chicago Tribune

By Dave Kehr
As long as Hughes is content to provide a simple, flexible format for Candy, Uncle Buck is very entertaining. Hughes seems to have relaxed...
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The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

By Rick Groen
Once again, Candy does his slob-with-a-heart-of-gold number. He's good at it. He can be a funny fellow. He can even carry a mediocre...
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63

Miami Herald

Half-way through Uncle Buck, however, the plot abandons reality and is content to settle into the realm of cheap yuks. The film suffers...
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63

Boston Globe

By Jay Carr
Hughes succeeds more than he has any right to in Uncle Buck because he's able to override sitcom cliche with generosity. It's a smart idea...
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50

Washington Post

By Rita Kempley
Uncle Buck is competent comedy, a bit simplistic, a bit stale, no gremlins, no gushiness, no surprises. A Hughes movie offers the kind of...
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50

The New York Times

By Vincent Canby
Sometimes funny and, in the way of small-screen entertainment, so perfectly predictable that one could mail in the laughs.
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50

Los Angeles Times

Uncle Buck has a medium-level Hughes script, only about half as good as "Planes, Trains and Automobiles," about 50 times as good as "The...
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50

USA Today

By Mike Clark
A John Hughes movie is 15 minutes of material stretched into a 90-minute feature by a rec-room rack from the Karloff estate; the only...
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50

Variety

John Hughes unsuccessfully tries to mix a serious generation gap message between the belly laughs in Uncle Buck, a warm-weather John Candy...
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38

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
Uncle Buck attempts to tell a heart-warming story through a series of uncomfortable and unpleasant scenes; it's a tug-of-war between its...
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Rated PG
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says Pause for kids 11 & under The Candy man can make this iffy movie taste good.
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