UK Reviews

Cine Vue
4 stars, Alexandra Hayward
Buck Brannaman appears to be your average modern-day cowboy; yet in the equestrian world and beyond, he is nothing short of a superstar. In the inspirational and emotionally-charged documentary Buck (2011), the first feature release from Cindy Meehl, we meet an enigmatic man who possesses an extraordinary gift to communicate and heal troubled or misbehaving horses across the United States.
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London Evening Standard
3 Stars, Derek Malcolm
There’s a whole class of people dedicated to helping owners with their animals. Buck Brannaman, does it the other way round, helping animals with their owners. He is a cowboy, teacher and part-time philosopher, the real-life horse whisperer, and Cindy Meehl’s documentary, supported by Robert Redford, the cinematic horse whisperer, shows how he does it.
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The Guardian
4 Stars, Catherine Shoard
Saddle up for for a one-way ticket to inspirationville: this Sundance-wowing documentary gives an insight into the real-life horse whisperer, child abuse backstory and all. Buck Brannaman is the sort of copper-bottomed authentic that makes you wonder how we ever swallowed Robert Redford’s blow-dried impression. Half nag, half guru, he burrs wise words about wrangling men and beasts, one’s primal nature and one’s animal altruism. Yet he’s also acid enough to balance out the slight tang of treacle in Meehl’s treatment. There’s a whole heap of Americana to wallow in here, but it’s testimony to the director and subject that Buck still trots along at such a lick. Complete article >
Ostensibly a documentary about a real-life horse whisperer, this film actually has more to say about how people treat each other than how they interact with horses. It’s a strikingly well-made film that entertains us while packing a quiet emotional kick.


The horse whisperer: ‘My dad taught me to understand fear’

The Telegraph, UK
By Christopher Middleton
7:15AM BST 17 Apr 2012

From the top of his stetson to the tip of his dusty boots, Buck Brannaman looks every inch the Wild West hero. As he lopes through the lobby of a trendy London hotel, you can’t help wondering what he’s doing in here, rather than riding a palomino across the plains. Complete article >

What the horse whisperer can teach humans

Michael Bodey The Australian  2/15/2012


BUCK Brannaman is your typical Hollywood cowboy: he’s unflappable, speaks deliberately and wears his wide-brimmed hat with formal aplomb.

He is typical in appearance anyway. Brannaman, the subject of an affecting new documentary, is a reluctant star.

“I’m not delusional about this,” he notes while promoting the film, Buck, in Melbourne.

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Buck Brannaman’s Horse Sense

Tuesday, January 17

Peter Calder talks to the original horse whisperer who is now starring in his own movie.

Buck Brannaman, wrangler of troubled horses - and people - is the subject of a brilliant doco. Photo / Supplied

Buck Brannaman, wrangler of troubled horses – and people – is the subject of a brilliant doco. Photo / Supplied

In the classic 1969 film Midnight Cowboy, Jon Voight, a naive would-be gigolo on the mean streets of New York, explains his odd outfit – Stetson and tasselled buckskin jacket – with the line “I ain’t a for-real cowboy. But I am one helluva stud!”

Voight’s character is called Joe Buck and another Buck is the star of the first truly great documentary film to hit cinemas in 2012. And you can’t help thinking that this Buck (surname Brannaman), could have the signature line, “I ain’t a for-real movie star. But I am one helluva cowboy!”

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