...shaped with the same economy, restraint, and unfussiness as [its titular character], to unexpectedly inspiring effect.
—Owen Gleiberman Entertainment Weekly
Once the first credit hits, Buck proves to be one of those rare films that not only satisfies but effects change in the viewer -- provoking a humble desire to live a more dignified life.
—Sam Kressner filmcritic.com
...a lovely movie...
—Manohla Dargis New York Times
...deeply moving yet never maudlin in telling this hard-knocks-but-hope-infused story.
—Betsy Sharkey Los Angeles Times
...Brannaman's art is too subtle and instinctive to be captured on camera, but it's a shame Meehl doesn't do a better job of capturing exactly what makes him, by all accounts, a miraculously successful trainer.
—Sam Adams Onion AV Club
...get(s) too clubby and touchy-feely for its own good...
—Mark Holcomb Village Voice
Buck is best left to TV, where it will land soon. It's The Horse Whisperer that should be seen on the big screen.
—V. A. Musetto New York Post
—Andrew Schenker Slant Magazine