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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.
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  1. Positive: 4 out of 12
  2. Negative: 1 out of 12
  1. Reviewed by: Dave Kehr
    Jun 9, 2014
    75
    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: Ryan Murphy
    Jun 9, 2014
    63
    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]
  3. Reviewed by: Jay Carr
    Jun 9, 2014
    63
    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]
  4. Reviewed by: Vincent Canby
    Jun 4, 2014
    50
    Sometimes funny and, in the way of small-screen entertainment, so perfectly predictable that one could mail in the laughs.
  5. Reviewed by: Mike Clark
    Jun 9, 2014
    50
    A John Hughes movie is 15 minutes of material stretched into a 90-minute feature by a rec-room rack from the Karloff estate; the only question is whether the 15 have their comic compensations. Uncle Buck has a few, though they're typically compromised by the cut-and-paste nature of the rest. [16 Aug 1989, p.4D]
  6. Reviewed by: Staff [Not Credited]
    Jun 9, 2014
    50
    John Hughes unsuccessfully tries to mix a serious generation gap message between the belly laughs in Uncle Buck, a warm-weather John Candy vehicle.
  7. Reviewed by: Roger Ebert
    Jun 4, 2014
    38
    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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