• R, 1 hr. 26 min.
  • Drama
  • Directed By:
    Mark Brokaw
    In Theaters:
    Mar 27, 2009 Wide
    On DVD:
    Jun 9, 2009
  • Screen Media Films

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Spinning Into Butter Reviews

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Nell Minow

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 Source: Beliefnet | Original Score: B

March 26, 2009
Claudia Puig
USA Today
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Despite an earnest and dour tone, the story and the subjects tackled are compelling and thought-provoking.

Full Review Source: USA Today | Original Score: 2.5/4

March 26, 2009
Louis Proyect

Marred somewhat by a pat and rather unlikely conclusion, this movie does have the merit by lifting up the rock and examining liberal racism.

Full Review Source: rec.arts.movies.reviews

March 24, 2009
Marshall Fine
Hollywood & Fine

May force the audience to confront its own reactions to the dilemmas ... of a society in which people talk at each other, rather than with each other.

Full Review Source: Hollywood & Fine

March 24, 2009
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice

A flawed but needed film about the continuing existence of racism and deep-rooted prejudice exposed on a college campus.

Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice | Original Score: 3/5

March 19, 2009
Anna King
Time Out
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Full Review Source: Time Out | Original Score: 1/5

November 17, 2011
Sonny Bunch
Washington Times

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 Source: Washington Times | Original Score: 1.5/4

August 30, 2009
Kevin Carr
7M Pictures

if you're not interested in a sermon, you'll want to skip this one

Full Review Source: 7M Pictures | Original Score: 2/5

June 15, 2009
Brian Orndorf

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 Source: DVDTalk.com | Original Score: D

May 5, 2009
Cary Darling
Dallas Morning News
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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 Source: Dallas Morning News | Original Score: C+

April 17, 2009
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion

Painfully earnest and unrelievedly stilted and cliched, the movie is less a drama than a well-meaning but rather ridiculous diatribe.

Full Review Source: One Guy's Opinion | Original Score: C-

April 17, 2009
Avi Offer
NYC Movie Guru

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 Source: NYC Movie Guru | Original Score: 5/10

March 31, 2009
Ben Lyons
At the Movies
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It feels like an after school special.

Full Review Source: At the Movies

March 30, 2009
Ben Mankiewicz
At the Movies
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This movie would've been bad in 1983, but at least it would've been original.

Full Review Source: At the Movies

March 30, 2009
Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
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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 Source: Christian Science Monitor | Original Score: D+

March 30, 2009
Tricia Olszewski
Washington City Paper

Crash was a master class in subtlety compared to Spinning Into Butter.

Full Review Source: Washington City Paper

March 27, 2009
Emanuel Levy

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 Source: EmanuelLevy.Com | Original Score: D+

March 27, 2009
Glenn Whipp
Los Angeles Times
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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 Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 2/5

March 27, 2009
Kyle Smith
New York Post
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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 Source: New York Post | Original Score: 1.5/4

March 27, 2009
Stephen Holden
New York Times
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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

March 27, 2009
Matt Wolf
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April 4, 2011
Betsy Sherman
Boston Phoenix
April 23, 2009

Hollywood Reporter
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April 23, 2009
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