Butter Reviews

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Peter Debruge
Variety
October 5, 2012
A wicked Midwest satire with razor blades stashed beneath its bright candy-apple surface.
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Todd McCarthy
Hollywood Reporter
October 5, 2012
Hardly the high-priced spread, this condescending comedy about Middle America will score with some audiences and put off others.
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Nick Schager
Village Voice
October 5, 2012
Plays like one long, slow descent into cloying moralizing and uplift that's well past its expiration date.
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
October 5, 2012
The movie's entire superior attitude is kind of annoying.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Sean O'Connell
Washington Post
October 5, 2012
We're still just scratching the surface of witty, provocative humor as long as envelope-pushing directors such as Jim Field Smith continue to find work.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
October 5, 2012
At times, the Midwestern satire "Butter" is almost funny, and in its honor I almost laughed.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
October 5, 2012
Director Jim Field Smith keeps the quirky characters coming with smooth efficiency and throws in some nice touches along the way.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
October 4, 2012
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Sheri Linden
Los Angeles Times
October 4, 2012
Given the talent assembled for this diversion, you can't believe it's not better.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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John Anderson
Wall Street Journal
October 4, 2012
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 ...
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October 4, 2012
Butter thrives on skewering characters whose self-importance isolates them completely from the consequences of their actions.
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
October 4, 2012
This film is dumb, blunt-instrument parody.
Full Review | Original Score: 0.5/4
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Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times
October 4, 2012
Drippy sentiment and coarse political satire vie for control of "Butter," a two-faced sendup of heartland obsession that wants to have its toast and eat it too.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
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Scott Bowles
USA Today
October 4, 2012
Butter is a film more enamored of its premise than interested in making it work.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Barbara VanDenburgh
Arizona Republic
October 4, 2012
"Butter" is funny in spots, but it's so preoccupied with landing below-the-belt cultural jabs that it misses the opportunity for laying out biting social commentary.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
October 4, 2012
Butter wishes it were a Christopher Guest sendup but comes off like a cheap imitation.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
October 4, 2012
A shrill, cartoonish mess - not a total disaster, but no one's idea of a good movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
October 4, 2012
It's one thing to create biting social satire; it's quite another to shoot at such easy targets.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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James Rocchi
MSN Movies
October 4, 2012
Butter is laid on too thick, and in other places it's spread too thin, and it never quite develops a flavor of its own.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Sam Adams
AV Club
October 4, 2012
A toothless, insufferably smug satire using competitive butter-carving as a weak-tea stand-in for Midwestern politics ...
Full Review | Original Score: D+
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Rex Reed
New York Observer
October 3, 2012
The first movie in history that makes Hugh Jackman look repulsive.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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David Fear
Time Out
October 2, 2012
Political satire requires a sure hand; this wink-wink attempt at milking the culture wars for comic commentary is downright butterfingered.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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William Goss
Film.com
September 21, 2012
Once the wilted satire of Jason Micallef's script is stripped away, what's left is a generally amusing competition comedy.
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
September 15, 2011
Director Jim Field Smith and newcomer screenwriter Jason Micallef can't or don't care to distinguish the elements of audacity and satirical cleverness from those of mockery and crudeness.