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With the film, Lee Daniels quietly pushes his talent for hashing out visceral, violent emotions into unexpected dramatic terrain. Read full review
This is an important film presented as mainstream entertainment. It’s a great American story. Read full review
As Cecil, Whitaker is mesmerizing. The actor seems to shrink into his imposing frame, summoning a performance of quiet, bottled-up force. Read full review
A singularly full-hearted and moving film. Read full review
Daniels is that rare contemporary filmmaker who's not afraid of melodrama. The Butler is so old-school it feels modern: Stylistically, it could have been made 30 years ago, but its time is now. Read full review
For all its faults - and there are many, from shameless compression of events to milk the drama for all it's worth, to the gimmicky miscasting of several commanders-in-chief (Robin Williams as Eisenhower is especially egregious) - The Butler is an inspiring and important summation of the black struggle.
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The Butler carries an authenticity that sustains it through its cloying stretches. Read full review
Authentic emotion competes with manufactured sentiment for the heart of Lee Daniels' The Butler. Read full review
With Whitaker, Daniels and screenwriter Danny Strong pulling the strings, The Butler can take a bow. Read full review
There’s no denying, though, that Daniels knows how to push an audience’s buttons, and as crudely obvious as The Butler can be...it’s also genuinely rousing. By the end, it’s hard not to feel moved, if also more than a bit manhandled. Read full review
Not a sequel to The Help. At all.
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