• Released
  • October 5, 2012
  • R , 1 hr 30 min
  • Comedy
  • 38 Fan Ratings
70

Wall Street Journal

By John Anderson
The film grows increasingly mirthful as the characters come into focus, and the casting is the key: Ms. Garner, who also helped produce the film, has a gift for catty roles, and Ms. Wilde is so funny she should play hookers all the time.
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65

NPR

Butter thrives on skewering characters whose self-importance isolates them completely from the consequences of their actions. And while the film's perspective is distinctly liberal, providing several thinly veiled criticisms of conservative politicians, nearly everyone (except Destiny) is guilty of something.
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50

New York Observer

By Rex Reed
The film was shot in Louisiana, which looks nothing like Iowa. Nobody along the way seems to have a care in the world about cholesterol. And it's the first movie in history that makes Hugh Jackman look repulsive.
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50

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
The chance for delicious satire melts away quickly in Butter, a spoof without oomph.
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50

Slant Magazine

It's the film's unwillingness to deal with the sometimes hilarious and often problematic things its characters say and do that stands as one of its ultimate failings.
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40

New York Daily News

By Elizabeth Weitzman
Appropriately enough for a movie built on two-dimensional cartoons of amoral adults and innocent children, Shahidi is the only actor who emerges with her dignity fully intact.
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38

Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
Butter dearly wants to be a hot-button social satire that plays rough with sacred cows: Midwestern power-moms, the religious right, race, sex, you name it. Mostly, it wants to be an Alexander Payne movie from the 1990s. "Citizen Ruth," say, or "Election." Instead, it's a shrill, cartoonish mess.
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38

USA Today

By Scott Bowles
It's been a long time since a movie wasted this much talent.
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33

Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
Self-righteous and smug in its use of heartland stereotypes, the movie backfires by assuming that its intended liberal audience is just as intolerant and condescending as the conservative opposition insists it is.
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25

San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
Butter is a misfire. At 90 minutes it feels inflated, and though clearly intended as funny, it's difficult to locate, except in the most general terms, the focus of the movie's satire, and there's not a laugh to be had.
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40 out of 100
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