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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The real-life story of the horse trainer who became an inspiration for the novel and movie “The Horse Whisperer." Read the review
Rotten Tomatoes: Fresh 88%
Critics' score: 88   Audience score: 94   Rotten Tomatoes page
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... a rare documentary as intellectually and philosophically rewarding as it is emotionally moving. full review

James Rocchi, MSN Movies

This is going to sound corny, but here goes: "Buck" will make you want to be a better person. full review

Christy Lemire, Associated Press

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. full review

Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune

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. full review

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. full review

John DeFore, Washington Post

Documentaries have a wonderful way of making us care about people and things way outside our own experience, and "Buck" is a prime example. full review

Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle

Brannaman is a fascinating character, but Buck is so tightly focused that only avid horse lovers will find it appealing. full review

David Hiltbrand, Philadelphia Inquirer

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. full review

Ty Burr, Boston Globe

What I was left with was the goodness of Buck Brannaman as a man. full review

Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times

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. full review

Mary F. Pols, TIME Magazine

Despite these odds, Brannaman grew into a preternaturally gentle adult who channels hard-earned patience and compassion into his work. full review

Mark Holcomb, Village Voice

It celebrates a communion between man and animal that runs deeper than any division. full review

Peter Rainer, Christian Science Monitor

I don't know why, but I just can't get all worked up over Dan (Buck) Brannaman, subject of the documentary "Buck." full review

V.A. Musetto, New York Post

What a relief in times saturated with news of the worst of humanity to see something of the best. full review

Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times

It keeps you fascinated, even enthralled; elicits astonishment, even wonderment, and makes you grateful for the chance to meet someone remarkable. full review

Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal

Holds your attention and heart for a tight 88 minutes. full review

Manohla Dargis, New York Times

Even if we can't live his cowboy life, Buck Brannaman's world is well worth visiting. full review

Elizabeth Weitzman, New York Daily News

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. full review

Andrew O'Hehir,
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  • Release Year: 2011
  • MPAA Rating: PG
  • Runtime: 89 min
  • Available From: Oct 04, 2011
  • Queued by: 946 people
Directed By
Cindy Meehl
Buck Brannaman, Robert Redford

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