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  • Summary: Bachelor and all round slob, Buck, babysits his brother's rebellious teenage daughter and her cute younger brother and sister.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 12
  2. Negative: 1 out of 12
  1. Reviewed by: Dave Kehr
    Jun 9, 2014
    As long as Hughes is content to provide a simple, flexible format for Candy, Uncle Buck is very entertaining. Hughes seems to have relaxed his usual controlling, compulsively tidy style, taking full advantage of the improvisational talents of his star.
  2. Reviewed by: Jay Carr
    Jun 9, 2014
    Hughes succeeds more than he has any right to in Uncle Buck because he's able to override sitcom cliche with generosity. It's a smart idea to let Candy play feelings instead of just fatness and bluster. For a movie that isn't really that good, Uncle Buck is surprisingly likable. [16 Aug 1989, p.77]
  3. Reviewed by: Ryan Murphy
    Jun 9, 2014
    Half-way through Uncle Buck, however, the plot abandons reality and is content to settle into the realm of cheap yuks. The film suffers accordingly and becomes so much like the unnatural potato chips and pretzel food snacks that our hero is fond of noshing. Uncle Buck tastes great, yes. But it sure doesn't fill you up. [16 Aug 1989, p.D6]
  4. Reviewed by: Vincent Canby
    Jun 4, 2014
    Sometimes funny and, in the way of small-screen entertainment, so perfectly predictable that one could mail in the laughs.
  5. Reviewed by: Staff [Not Credited]
    Jun 9, 2014
    John Hughes unsuccessfully tries to mix a serious generation gap message between the belly laughs in Uncle Buck, a warm-weather John Candy vehicle.
  6. Reviewed by: Ted Mahar
    Jun 9, 2014
    For all the film's patness and lame predictability, Candy gives it a strange charm. He seems to be inherently funny, and his subtle weirdness, so useful on SCTV, is handy here as well. It helps make seeing Uncle Buck marginally worthwhile. [18 Aug 1989, p.E13]
  7. Reviewed by: Roger Ebert
    Jun 4, 2014
    Uncle Buck attempts to tell a heart-warming story through a series of uncomfortable and unpleasant scenes; it's a tug-of-war between its ambitions and its methods.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 1
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 1
  3. Negative: 0 out of 1
  1. Aug 14, 2014
    Uncle Buck is one of the funniest comedies from director John Hughes and actor John Candy. Culkin
    from Home Alone is also in the movie and he
    turns in another hilarious performance. The movie has
    memorable, quotable lines and is great entertainment for your whole family.