Lee Daniels' The Butler Reviews

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January 3, 2014
It's not an interpretation of actual history as much as it is a reduced revision of movie history.
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.
November 14, 2013
Lee Daniels comes good with this rich and politically subversive tale of a long-serving White House butler.
November 14, 2013
History is written by the victors, they say; this movie looks as if the history of American race politics as written by Julian Fellowes.
November 12, 2013
The Butler proves a decent, significant, but slightly stodgy affair. Its dignified restraint stifles its anger.
September 22, 2013
Amusing stunt casting aside, it's riveting to observe how civil rights evolved from inside the Oval Office
September 2, 2013
A high-minded, didactic, but irresistible entertainment ...
August 18, 2013
Forest Whitaker imbues his part with immense dignity and the old-age makeup is effective showcasing Cecil during his later years.
August 16, 2013
[A] turbulent, emotionally overpowering movie.
August 16, 2013
Winfrey is good, though, demonstrating yet again that she's an actress and not just a celebrity playing an actress.
August 16, 2013
A history lesson in violence and endurance. A sentimental journey. A tribute. Director Daniels and the dedicated cast of The Butler deliver all that.
August 16, 2013
Daniels directs in about five styles at once, like a Bollywood maestro. No, it's not a musical, but it makes plenty of visual music.
August 16, 2013
The Butler may be a sanctimonious cartoon, but it points to events in the civil rights struggle that were as grotesque and extraordinary as any fiction can invent.
August 16, 2013
"The Butler" mixes big issues and big people and real human life with surprising grace.
August 16, 2013
It's too obviously a careful tour through American history, and while some sequences work - particularly the various attacks on civil-rights workers - too much of it feels as flat and cheap as a film strip.
August 15, 2013
Forest Whitaker gives the performance of his career.
August 15, 2013
The director's sometimes absurd bravado-along with Forest Whitaker's grave, wise performance in the title role-is what gives this outsized and sometimes lumbering film its irrefutable emotional power.
August 15, 2013
"Lee Daniels' The Butler" might have been titled "Lee Daniels' Forrest Gump" - its hero challenged morally rather than mentally, but watching history in Gumpian fashion, as a series of cameos viewed through a slightly clueless daze.
August 15, 2013
The movie's a mess, but a unique and provocative one.
August 15, 2013
"The Butler" is a nice idea for a movie, but has a mostly silly script and some of the craziest and most laughable casting imaginable.
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