If you have even a passing interest in horses, you may find yourself smitten with this meditative doc.
Derek Adams, Time Out, 2012-04-24
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.
Rick Groen, Globe and Mail, 2011-10-28
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.
Linda Barnard, Toronto Star, 2011-10-28
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, 2011-09-07
One of the most valuable things a film can do is to take you to a place or introduce you to a character you haven't encountered before.
Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune, 2011-06-30
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, 2011-06-24
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, 2011-06-24
Beautifully but simply wrought by director Cindy Meehl, this deft documentary is a poignant reappraisal of what it means to be human.
Joe Williams, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 2011-06-24
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, 2011-06-23
Never has the special relationship between people and horses appeared more magnificent and even lyrical on film than in "Buck."
Tom Keogh, Seattle Times, 2011-06-23
What I was left with was the goodness of Buck Brannaman as a man.
Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times, 2011-06-23
Buck has the air of a beautiful little mystery; even knowing the uplifting outcome, you wonder at the strength that brought him to this place.
Mary F. Pols, TIME Magazine, 2011-06-21
A haunting, beautifully told tale about a genuine American original, who survived a childhood of violent abuse to become a leading figure in new-school horse training.
Andrew O'Hehir, Salon.com, 2011-06-19
It celebrates a communion between man and animal that runs deeper than any division.
Peter Rainer, Christian Science Monitor, 2011-06-18
What a relief in times saturated with news of the worst of humanity to see something of the best.
Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times, 2011-06-16
It keeps you fascinated, even enthralled; elicits astonishment, even wonderment, and makes you grateful for the chance to meet someone remarkable.
Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal, 2011-06-16
Holds your attention and heart for a tight 88 minutes.
Manohla Dargis, New York Times, 2011-06-16
Brannaman is a fascinating character, but Buck is so tightly focused that only avid horse lovers will find it appealing.
David Hiltbrand, Philadelphia Inquirer, 2011-06-23
The man's mythology precedes him, and it's the movie's failing that we don't understand how or whether he uses that mythology because he knows it's good business.
Ty Burr, Boston Globe, 2011-06-23
I don't know why, but I just can't get all worked up over Dan (Buck) Brannaman, subject of the documentary "Buck."
V.A. Musetto, New York Post, 2011-06-17