Spinning Into Butter Reviews

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Sonny Bunch
Washington Times
August 30, 2009
Spinning Into Butter is the perfect example of a movie taking an interesting premise and, through incompetence of acting, writing and directing, turning it into an unwatchable mess.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Kevin Carr
7M Pictures
June 15, 2009
if you're not interested in a sermon, you'll want to skip this one
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Brian Orndorf
DVDTalk.com
May 5, 2009
Butter makes a disastrous transition to film, aiming to salvage pertinent points on the witch's brew of racism through a filmmaking undertaking perhaps best described as "total clown shoes."
Full Review | Original Score: D
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Cary Darling
Dallas Morning News
April 17, 2009
The biggest lesson from Spinning Into Butter has nothing to do with the ethics of race and more with realizing that every hit play doesn't need to be turned into a movie.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion
April 17, 2009
Painfully earnest and unrelievedly stilted and cliched, the movie is less a drama than a well-meaning but rather ridiculous diatribe.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Avi Offer
NYC Movie Guru
March 31, 2009
Initially compelling, but spins into a hodgepodge of contrived scenes, uneven drama and poorly developed, yet provocative issues that simmer for too long without actually coming to a boil.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
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Ben Lyons
At the Movies
March 30, 2009
It feels like an after school special.
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Ben Mankiewicz
At the Movies
March 30, 2009
This movie would've been bad in 1983, but at least it would've been original.
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
March 30, 2009
The staging by theater director Mark Brokaw, in his first feature, is, well, stagy. I don't mind a movie where people spend a lot of time jawboning, but what they say had better be interesting.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
Tricia Olszewski
Washington City Paper
March 27, 2009
Crash was a master class in subtlety compared to Spinning Into Butter.
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com
March 27, 2009
Betraying its theatrical origins, Brokaw's feature debut is a vastly disappointing message movie in which Sarah Jessica Parker (also credited as producer) is miscast, to say the least.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
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Glenn Whipp
Los Angeles Times
March 27, 2009
The foils have no compunction about hurling ugly truths at each other, most of the time much too literally to work on screen.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
March 27, 2009
The material is crying out for a satiric wit or at least a stronger point of view. Instead, it's a mishmash in which everyone gets to say his piece, but all of it has been said before.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
March 27, 2009
This movie adaptation of Rebecca Gilman's play is a methodical, not to say mechanical and plodding, exploration of identity politics and language.
| Original Score: 2/5
Nell Minow
Beliefnet
March 26, 2009
The best of intentions and a welcome willingness to engage on the touchiest issues is not enough to keep this movie from feeling more like a seminar than a story.
Full Review | Original Score: B
John P. McCarthy
Boxoffice Magazine
March 26, 2009
Credit goes to playwright Gilman and company for addressing an ugly situation head on. Unfortunately, it's a scenario that lends itself to hot air and that's what the movie blows.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Dan Kois
Washington Post
March 26, 2009
The film feels stuck in a particularly '90s-flavored argument -- about political correctness and culture wars on campus -- that you probably got tired of during your junior year.
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
March 26, 2009
Despite an earnest and dour tone, the story and the subjects tackled are compelling and thought-provoking.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
March 26, 2009
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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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
March 26, 2009
The movie verges on melodrama, farce, and satire, but never makes any dramatic sense.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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