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Lee Daniels' The Butler Reviews

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August 26, 2018
This is a tough line to walk, being both upfront with your message and managing subtle critiques, but luckily for viewers Daniels manages to find the right balance and deliver a winning movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
August 20, 2018
What's impressive and effective is a look at a recent history through the eyes of a humble man just happy to provide for his family.
January 26, 2018
With Oscar winner Forest Whitaker fully embracing the project and an impressive ensemble cast that brings to life America's dark racist past, Lee Daniels' The Butler is significant.
Full Review | Original Score: B
December 3, 2017
The film paints a disturbing and expansive portrait of the civil rights movement-from Jim Crow's "separate but equal" charade and demonstrations, to forced desegregation and the eventual victory of an African American in the White House.
Full Review | Original Score: 7.5/10
September 8, 2017
Daniels does a good job of portraying the period in a warm, moving and righteous manner.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
September 6, 2017
While the film fictionalizes many aspects of Allen's true story (even changing his name to Cecil Gaines) for dramatic effect, it stays true its sentiment.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
June 28, 2017
The movie may be celebrity overload, but we're willing to deal -- because the message is just that powerful.
March 21, 2017
Brilliant. Historic. Compelling.
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-
June 8, 2016
Is anyone else in America making films like Lee Daniels? For my money, he deserves his name above the title.
April 28, 2015
The excitement comes from watching the director's rude energy chafe up against the constraints of a traditional Oscar-bait biopic.
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.
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.
March 10, 2014
A deeply moving melodrama about a subtly subversive black butler at the heart of the White House. You will need Kleenex.
February 7, 2014
It's a heart-warming tale simply told.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
January 7, 2014
The best film of 2013 (paired with "12 Years a Slave").
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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
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
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
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
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