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Butter Reviews

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Richard Haridy
November 25, 2013
The final result, however, is a complete oddity that is less an interesting political satire and more the piercing examination of butter carving competitions that no one ever asked for.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Al Alexander
The Patriot Ledger
May 26, 2013
The characters want to melt your heart, but like everything in "Butter," they're just too pat.
Full Review | Original Score: D
Christian Toto
Big Hollywood
December 2, 2012
Butter is a dizzying blend of smug satire, surface-level observations and mean-spirited swipes at flyover types. Oh, and take away Olivia Wilde and it's a laugh-free affair.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Shannon M. Houston
Paste Magazine
November 1, 2012
A movie concerned with the seemingly ridiculous world of butter carving may not sound like a smart, tear-jerking, must-watch political satire. Yet Jim Field Smith's sophomore effort Butter is all of the above and more.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Eric Eisenberg
October 28, 2012
Butter has strong moments and has more than a few good jokes, but as a whole it struggles to keep its footing
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Jordan Hiller
October 15, 2012
As smart, savvy, and witty as the film is at times, it never escapes the inherent identity crisis in its makeup
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Susan Granger
SSG Syndicate
October 8, 2012
Undeniably strange yet sassy, it spreads subversive, thinly-sliced Americana.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Brent Simon
Shared Darkness
October 8, 2012
A heartland-set train wreck of purported satire that is confusingly edited throughout, and full of false moments which betray a lack of rigorous conceptual thought and honesty.
Full Review | Original Score: D
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing
October 6, 2012
The film's skewering of Middle America is so soft, you could easily cut it with -- what else? -- a butter knife.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Peter Debruge
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.
Perry Seibert
TV Guide's Movie Guide
October 5, 2012
It settles for cute when it could have had more bite, and it aims for amusing when it had hilarious in its sights.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Todd Jorgenson
October 5, 2012
Like its namesake, this small-town ensemble comedy is somewhat oily and lacking in flavor.
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
October 5, 2012
Another in a long line of bad films set in the Midwest.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Bill Gibron
October 5, 2012
(D)espite its slights, Butter finds a way to win us over.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Marjorie Baumgarten
Austin Chronicle
October 5, 2012
Butter contains enough genuine levity to slide down easily.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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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.
S. Jhoanna Robledo
Common Sense Media
October 5, 2012
Quirky comedy pushes boundaries in the name of laughs.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Sean Means
Salt Lake Tribune
October 5, 2012
Garner's Laura is a lazy caricature, a Sarah Palin-style Republican trophy wife in power suit and pearls, but then every character in rookie writer Jim Micallef's script is a flat stereotype.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Robert Levin
October 5, 2012
With Sarah Palin, the movie's thinly disguised object of derision, now operating on the fringe of mainstream culture, the entire film feels like yesterday's news.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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