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Cindy Meehl

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About the Movie

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 their 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.


Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 100
  • Fresh: 89
  • Rotten: 11
  • Average Rating: 7.6/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: The result is a portrait that expertly mirrors its subject: Buck is shaped with the same economy, restraint, and unfussiness as the man, to unexpectedly inspiring effect. – Lisa Schwarzbaum, Entertainment Weekly, Oct 28, 2011

Fresh: It's well and good to hear Buck and others tell his story, but the film wouldn't come to much if you didn't feel the connection between his present and past in every frame. – David Edelstein, NPR, Jun 24, 2011

Fresh: Documentaries have a wonderful way of making us care about people and things way outside our own experience, and "Buck" is a prime example. – Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle, Jun 23, 2011

Fresh: 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. – John DeFore, Washington Post, Jun 24, 2011

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Customer Reviews


Have not watched it yet but it looks incredibly amazing.

Compelling Story

Saw this film at Sundance where is was an audience favorite. This is a powerful story of a man who finds personal redemption through helping others, not just horses, but the people who own them and love them. It really doesn't matter whether you are into horses, as it's really about people. This is not just a well assembled, entertaining documentary project. It's about a truly inspiring person, Buck Brannon.

A message to connect...

After attending Mr. Brannaman's clinic, I began to develop this technique with my animals...all of them: horses, chickens, geese, cattle. And then I found myself approaching my family, friends and neighbors with this new understanding and new appreciation for the profundity of simple gestures. Hats off to Robert Redford for helping to get this message on film -- it's a good message.

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