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Butter Reviews

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June 21, 2016
'Butter' pokes R-rated comedy (lots of swearing) fun at dirty politics, as well as the 4-H club-attending, pie-baking, cow-comparing, butter-carving, red state demographic.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5
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
October 4, 2012
It's the film's unwillingness to deal with the sometimes hilarious and often problematic things its characters say and do that stands as one of its ultimate failings.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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
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
October 4, 2012
About as subtle as a slab of lard served on a slice of ham.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Top Critic
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+
October 4, 2012
There are a few chuckles along the way (mainly sight gags involving butter), but the commentary is obvious and toothless.
Full Review | Original Score: C
October 4, 2012
The movie is larded up with distracting subplots and poorly used stars (Hugh Jackman as an Iowa City car dealer? Really?).
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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
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
October 4, 2012
Like many comedies about small-town life, "Butter" is smug in its depiction of its unworldly, petty characters; many of the actors seem invested in making sure we know they're smarter than the people they play.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
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
October 5, 2012
Plays like one long, slow descent into cloying moralizing and uplift that's well past its expiration date.
October 5, 2012
Hardly the high-priced spread, this condescending comedy about Middle America will score with some audiences and put off others.
October 4, 2012
It's a crass, mean-spirited feature that abandons artistry for hackneyed R-rated buffoonery.
Full Review | Original Score: D
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
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
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
October 5, 2012
Another in a long line of bad films set in the Midwest.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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