Uncle Buck
Uncle Buck (1989)

In this cheerful, lightweight comedy, excruciatingly clumsy, disorganized, and messy Uncle Buck Russell (John Candy) becomes the screens most unlikely babysitter since Clifton Webb in Sitting Pretty. While their parents are away, eight-year… More

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Rated: PG
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Genre: Drama, Comedy
Release Date: August 16, 1989
DVD Release Date: June 30, 1998
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Critic Score: 64% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Uncle Buck has its ups and downs, but there's undeniable comedic magic that comes from uniting John Hughes, John Candy, and a house full of precocious kids.

Ryan Murphy
Miami Herald

Wickedly underplayed, the role of Uncle Buck allows the adroit comic actor to blend physical comedy with small moments of tender reflection.

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Dennis Schwartz
Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews

The supposedly sweet domestic comedy hits too many sour notes to remain in tune, even if always competent.

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Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy

There isn't much to love about the movie besides Candy's excellent performance.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

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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Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed

One of the many excellent family films from director and writer John Hughes...

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David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews

...an agreeable comedy that benefits substantially from Hughes' undeniable gift for seamlessly blending laughs with drama.

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Eddie Harrison
film-authority.com

...Hughes and Candy may take a sloppy, anything-goes approach here, but it works...

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Bill Chambers
Film Freak Central

It's not John Hughes's best film, but it could be his funniest, as well as his saddest.

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Charles Cassady
Common Sense Media

The Candy man can make this iffy movie taste good.

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Flixster Audience Score: 76% Flixster User Reviews
Alex roy
Uncle Buck is a good comedy from John Hughes, but it is not his best work. John Candy is good here and he brings his zany humor to an average script. I enjoyed… More
Phil Hubbs
Probably one of John Hughes most loveable comedies with a beautiful performance from Candy as 'Buck' in your typical Hughes teen angst cum family fun… More
Thomas Johnston
Everyone loves Uncle Buck!! ;-)
Nicki Marie
Though technically only probably a 4 star movie, this gets the full 5 stars from me because it is a nostalgic classic which I watched many, many times on tv in… More
Jim Careter
Uncle Buck is a very funny movie, and I love John Candy, but sadly the movie was very boring.
Aj V
A cute film from Hughes, but not as good as his previous work. It's not bad, it's just not good either.