17buck-thumbstandard Buck Brannaman, inspiration for "The Horse Whisperer," is revealed as a complex figure in this Sundance Audience Award winner for Best Documentary by Cindy Meehl. The master horseman reveals details of his troubled childhood and his dawning awareness of new ways that humans and horses might work with one another. As Buck learns more about horses, he finds that the ways we communicate with our animal companions offer lessons on how we relate to fellow human beings.
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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  full review
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.
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  full review
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  full review
Brannaman is a fascinating character, but Buck is so tightly focused that only avid horse lovers will find it appealing.
David Hiltbrand, Philadelphia Inquirer  full review
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  full review
What I was left with was the goodness of Buck Brannaman as a man.
Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times  full review
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  full review
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,  full review
It celebrates a communion between man and animal that runs deeper than any division.
Peter Rainer, Christian Science Monitor  full review
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  full review
What a relief in times saturated with news of the worst of humanity to see something of the best.
Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times  full review
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  full review
Holds your attention and heart for a tight 88 minutes.
Manohla Dargis, New York Times  full review
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  • Release Year: 2011
  • MPAA Rating: PG
  • Runtime: 89 min
  • Available From: Oct 04, 2011
  • Queued by: 1112 people
Directed By
Cindy Meehl
Buck Brannaman, Robert Redford

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