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Lee Daniels' The Butler Reviews

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Nick Newman
The Film Stage
June 29, 2016
The Butler's final notes have too strongly followed through on traditional, slightly staid dramatics to have it both ways.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Edward Lawrenson
The Big Issue
June 8, 2016
Is anyone else in America making films like Lee Daniels? For my money, he deserves his name above the title.
Sean Burns
Philadelphia Weekly
April 28, 2015
The excitement comes from watching the director's rude energy chafe up against the constraints of a traditional Oscar-bait biopic.
Richard Knight
Windy City Times
June 27, 2014
A large-scale, middle-of-the-road work that is entertaining and moving in the way that many other movies about the struggle for race equality have been.
Jason Best
Movie Talk
March 22, 2014
The Butler is as worthy and earnest as its hero... but some scenes have a gut-wrenching impact that makes the struggle to overcome bigotry and oppression heartrendingly real.
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher
March 10, 2014
A deeply moving melodrama about a subtly subversive black butler at the heart of the White House. You will need Kleenex.
David Edwards
Daily Record (UK)
February 7, 2014
It's a heart-warming tale simply told.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Fr. Chris Carpenter
Movie Dearest
January 7, 2014
The best film of 2013 (paired with "12 Years a Slave").
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Mark Kermode
Observer (UK)
November 17, 2013
It's a veritable star-spangled jamboree. And through it all, Whitaker keeps his powder admirably dry ...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Charlotte O'Sullivan
London Evening Standard
November 15, 2013
Think of it as a Trojan horse. Apparently harmless, it takes key myths about the land of the free and inflicts an impressive amount of damage.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Graham Young
Birmingham Post
November 15, 2013
As the beating heart of this story about "a crippling legacy of bigotry and injustice", Whitaker is back on form.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Ben Rawson-Jones
Digital Spy
November 15, 2013
The Butler provides a well-paced look at the fluctuating and often shocking socio-political landscape of the 20th Century...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Tara Brady
Irish Times
November 15, 2013
Has all the bells and whistles one could want from a big, fat Oscar-baiting picture.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Brian Viner
Daily Mail (UK)
November 14, 2013
What makes this film worth seeing, above all else, is the remarkable, grade A cast-list.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Henry Fitzherbert
Daily Express (UK)
November 14, 2013
It may be a tad schematic but it's never less than absorbing and beautifully acted by a strong cast, including Oprah Winfrey as Cecil's troubled, lonely wife.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Rich Cline
November 14, 2013
This is an strangely slushy movie from Lee Daniels, whose last two films bristled with unexpected life. By contrast, this star-packed drama uses a true story to trace the Civil Rights struggle from the 1950s to the present day.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Ashley Clark
Little White Lies
November 14, 2013
Lee Daniels comes good with this rich and politically subversive tale of a long-serving White House butler.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Matthew Turner
November 14, 2013
Engaging and enjoyable run-through of Civil Rights history, enlivened by a superb central performance from Forest Whitaker, a strong supporting cast and a parade of entertaining (if occasionally distracting) cameos as the various presidents.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
John Nugent
Sky Movies
November 14, 2013
Daniels' depiction of this era is well-balanced, gripping, and often electrifying. Occasional snippets of real-life media solidify the significance of the movement.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Eddie Harrison
The List
November 13, 2013
Long, ponderous, but undeniably entertaining, The Butler is a ritzy crash-course in US political change.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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