Spinning Into Butter Synopsis
A dean (Sarah Jessica Parker) deals with a racial incident at a Vermont college.
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USA Today

By Claudia Puig
Though the movie trails off unsatisfyingly, it raises intriguing and candid, if unanswerable, questions about race relations and political...
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50

Variety

By Dennis Harvey
In style and content, Sarah Jessica Parker starrer is the kind of earnest, talky, modestly scaled social-issue pic that seems predestined...
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40

Los Angeles Times

Despite the film's haphazard choices and aversion to subtlety, Parker and Williamson come off as appealing sparring partners.
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25

Boston Globe

By Wesley Morris
Despite all the hyperventilating, the movie fails to consider what these crimes mean when, say, the residents of the White House happen to...
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25

Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
A painfully miscast Parker nervously flips her hair and waves her hands, sitcom-style, as a do-gooding dean of students.
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20

The Hollywood Reporter

By Frank Scheck
What seemed sharp and pointed onstage comes across pedantically in the film, which treats its subject with a clumsy heavy-handedness.
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20

Village Voice

Approaches its ideas of reverse racism and the hypocrisies of tolerance with a heavy hand and odious moralizing.
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20

The New York Times

By Stephen Holden
Less a movie than an essay.
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0

New York Daily News

By Elizabeth Weitzman
If freshman film students were assigned to make a movie on race relations, this contrived attempt is probably what they'd come up with.
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Washington Post

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The movie suffers most of all from a feeling of creeping irrelevance, as if it's being delivered well after its sell-by date.
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Rated R | For language