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The Great Buck Howard

HD   PG Closed Captioning

Sean McGinly

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About the Movie

Once upon a time, Buck Howard (John Malkovich) spent his days in the limelight as a mentalist extraordinaire! Nowadays, it’s clear to everyone except Buck that his act has lost its luster. Convinced his comeback is imminent, Buck needs a new road manager and personal assistant. Recent law school drop-out and would-be writer Troy Gable (Colin Hanks) needs a job and a purpose. Working for the pompous, has-been mentalist fills the former requirement, but how it satisfies the latter is questionable. Nonetheless, with the aid of a fiery publicist (Emily Blunt) and a bold stroke of luck, Buck lands back in the American consciousness, taking Troy along for the ride.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 92
  • Fresh: 66
  • Rotten: 26
  • Average Rating: 6.5/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: The Great Buck Howard is an agreeable show business satire with a warm heart. – Stephen Holden, New York Times, Jun 24, 2010

Rotten: What Malkovich really needs are actors opposite him with a few more tricks up their sleeve. – Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times, Jun 24, 2010

Fresh: Any synopsis of The Great Buck Howard is going to make it sound more than a little like My Favorite Year. ... But that film had a compellingly poignant center. – Bob Mondello, NPR, Jun 24, 2010

Fresh: [Director] McGinly, working with a modest budget, balances the film's sense of mockery with its more somber moments and doesn't allow the story's considerable nostalgia and sentimentality to overwhelm it. – Walter V. Addiego, San Francisco Chronicle, Jun 24, 2010

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Customer Reviews

better than u think

nobody nos this exists.... really good

Nice feel-good movie with a good message

If you're in college and still not sure what you want to do with your life, you'll particulaly relate to the main character in this movie.

The Great Buck Howard

A man with extraordinary skills, peculiar mannerisms that make his audience love him, a unique approach to expressing his talent...and trying to stay afloat when as the times changed, so many other entertainers were grabbing the public's attention. An interesting good film.

The Great Buck Howard
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  • $12.99
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Released: 2009

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