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Spinning Into Butter Reviews

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March 26, 2009
The best of intentions and a welcome willingness to engage on the touchiest issues is not enough to keep this movie from feeling more like a seminar than a story.
Full Review | Original Score: B
March 26, 2009
Despite an earnest and dour tone, the story and the subjects tackled are compelling and thought-provoking.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
March 24, 2009
Marred somewhat by a pat and rather unlikely conclusion, this movie does have the merit by lifting up the rock and examining liberal racism.
March 24, 2009
May force the audience to confront its own reactions to the dilemmas ... of a society in which people talk at each other, rather than with each other.
March 19, 2009
A flawed but needed film about the continuing existence of racism and deep-rooted prejudice exposed on a college campus.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
November 17, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
August 30, 2009
Spinning Into Butter is the perfect example of a movie taking an interesting premise and, through incompetence of acting, writing and directing, turning it into an unwatchable mess.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
June 15, 2009
if you're not interested in a sermon, you'll want to skip this one
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
May 5, 2009
Butter makes a disastrous transition to film, aiming to salvage pertinent points on the witch's brew of racism through a filmmaking undertaking perhaps best described as "total clown shoes."
Full Review | Original Score: D
April 17, 2009
The biggest lesson from Spinning Into Butter has nothing to do with the ethics of race and more with realizing that every hit play doesn't need to be turned into a movie.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
April 17, 2009
Painfully earnest and unrelievedly stilted and cliched, the movie is less a drama than a well-meaning but rather ridiculous diatribe.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
March 31, 2009
Initially compelling, but spins into a hodgepodge of contrived scenes, uneven drama and poorly developed, yet provocative issues that simmer for too long without actually coming to a boil.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
March 30, 2009
It feels like an after school special.
March 30, 2009
This movie would've been bad in 1983, but at least it would've been original.
March 30, 2009
The staging by theater director Mark Brokaw, in his first feature, is, well, stagy. I don't mind a movie where people spend a lot of time jawboning, but what they say had better be interesting.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
March 27, 2009
Crash was a master class in subtlety compared to Spinning Into Butter.
March 27, 2009
Betraying its theatrical origins, Brokaw's feature debut is a vastly disappointing message movie in which Sarah Jessica Parker (also credited as producer) is miscast, to say the least.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
March 27, 2009
The foils have no compunction about hurling ugly truths at each other, most of the time much too literally to work on screen.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
March 27, 2009
The material is crying out for a satiric wit or at least a stronger point of view. Instead, it's a mishmash in which everyone gets to say his piece, but all of it has been said before.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
March 27, 2009
This movie adaptation of Rebecca Gilman's play is a methodical, not to say mechanical and plodding, exploration of identity politics and language.
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
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