Generally favorable reviews - based on 31 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 27 out of 31
  2. Negative: 1 out of 31
  1. Reviewed by: Steve Persall
    Jul 6, 2011
    Buck is a movie to be revisited again and again, like passages from a satisfying self-help book. Riding experience isn't necessary to realize how extraordinary this man and his calling are.
  2. Reviewed by: Joe Morgenstern
    Jun 16, 2011
    It keeps you fascinated, even enthralled; elicits astonishment, even wonderment, and makes you grateful for the chance to meet someone remarkable.
  3. Reviewed by: Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Jun 22, 2011
    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.
  4. Reviewed by: Peter Rainer
    Jun 18, 2011
    The riders who appear in Buck seem almost uniformly exalted by their contact with Brannaman and his methods.
  5. Reviewed by: Andrew O'Hehir
    Jun 23, 2011
    A haunting, beautifully told tale about a genuine American original.
  6. 90
    Meehl, in her directing debut, is attuned to the rhythms of Buck, who's attuned to the horses.
  7. Reviewed by: Manohla Dargis
    Jun 16, 2011
    In some sense it was beauty that saved Mr. Brannaman, that of his conscience and that of horses, which, having been tied to humans long ago, became companions, workers and for some, as this lovely movie shows, saviors.
  8. Reviewed by: Mike Scott
    Jul 8, 2011
    Seeing Brannaman work in the warm, sun-dappled documentary Buck makes it clear why he was such a perfect fit for Redford's film: Few people can handle horses the way Brannaman does.
  9. Reviewed by: Joe Williams
    Jun 24, 2011
    Beautifully but simply wrought by director Cindy Meehl, this deft documentary is a poignant reappraisal of what it means to be human.
  10. Reviewed by: John DeFore
    Jun 23, 2011
    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.
  11. Reviewed by: Shawn Levy
    Jun 23, 2011
    The character who emerges in the breezy, somewhat meandering Buck is plain-spoken, heartfelt, compassionate, witty, and wise. His horse-training technique is based on understanding the psychology of animals and on attuning his human and equine clients with one another.
  12. Reviewed by: Eric Kohn
    Jun 14, 2011
    Buck Brannaman, the subject of Cindy Meehl's engaging documentary profile Buck, has a warm presence and knows how to tame horses better than anyone else.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 18 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 5
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 5
  3. Negative: 0 out of 5
  1. Jun 26, 2013
    A truly inspiring emotional movie about a fascinating individual. Pulls at the heartstrings without pandering and is a nice little piece of Americana as well. Full Review »
  2. Aug 16, 2011
    Buck is someone we all should learn from, and a remarkable man. This movie doesn't quite do him justice. Unfortunately, this movie could have been culled down into an hour tv documentary and probably have been just as good. The producers may have borrowed from Buck a little too much and failed to plum the depths of the man, instead merely letting us hear a whisper of him. Full Review »
  3. Jul 24, 2011
    I thought the movie was very real. Because it was real, it said a lot about the frailties of humans, even the frailties of Buck.
    horses, great characters, good cinematography. Full Review »