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.
| Original Score: B
Despite an earnest and dour tone, the story and the subjects tackled are compelling and thought-provoking.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Marred somewhat by a pat and rather unlikely conclusion, this movie does have the merit by lifting up the rock and examining liberal racism.
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.
A flawed but needed film about the continuing existence of racism and deep-rooted prejudice exposed on a college campus.
| Original Score: 3/5
| Original Score: 1/5
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.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
if you're not interested in a sermon, you'll want to skip this one
| Original Score: 2/5
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."
| Original Score: D
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.
| Original Score: C+
Painfully earnest and unrelievedly stilted and cliched, the movie is less a drama than a well-meaning but rather ridiculous diatribe.
| Original Score: C-
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.
| Original Score: 5/10
It feels like an after school special.
This movie would've been bad in 1983, but at least it would've been original.
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.
| Original Score: D+
Crash was a master class in subtlety compared to Spinning Into Butter.
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.
The foils have no compunction about hurling ugly truths at each other, most of the time much too literally to work on screen.
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.
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