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Spinning Into Butter Reviews

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John P. McCarthy
Boxoffice Magazine
March 26, 2009
Credit goes to playwright Gilman and company for addressing an ugly situation head on. Unfortunately, it's a scenario that lends itself to hot air and that's what the movie blows.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Sonny Bunch
Washington Times
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
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Aaron Hillis
Village Voice
March 24, 2009
Every line of dialogue sounds contrived, right up to the phony-baloney twist ending.
Avi Offer
NYC Movie Guru
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
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Dan Kois
Washington Post
March 26, 2009
The film feels stuck in a particularly '90s-flavored argument -- about political correctness and culture wars on campus -- that you probably got tired of during your junior year.
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Ben Mankiewicz
At the Movies
March 30, 2009
This movie would've been bad in 1983, but at least it would've been original.
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Ben Lyons
At the Movies
March 30, 2009
It feels like an after school special.
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Anna King
Time Out
November 17, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Mark Peikert
New York Press
March 25, 2009
A fantastic story longing for a better film.
Tricia Olszewski
Washington City Paper
March 27, 2009
Crash was a master class in subtlety compared to Spinning Into Butter.
Brian Orndorf
DVDTalk.com
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
Prairie Miller
NewsBlaze
March 18, 2009
More spin than spinning, this raw race conversation-driven drama taps into timely issues touching on diversity conflicts that persist. But sorry to say, Spinning is no Crash, and comes off more as good intentions dissipating into irresponsible filmmaking.
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
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
Kevin Carr
7M Pictures
June 15, 2009
if you're not interested in a sermon, you'll want to skip this one
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
March 25, 2009
Shelf mold encrusts this misshapen adaptation of Spinning Into Butter, and Rebecca Gilman's 1999 play about racism and toxic political correctness at a small Vermont college 
is lumpy enough as it is.
Full Review | Original Score: D
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
March 26, 2009
The movie verges on melodrama, farce, and satire, but never makes any dramatic sense.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
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.
| Original Score: 2/5
Jason Clark
Slant Magazine
March 23, 2009
Any movie that chooses to open a credits sequence with a Maya Angelou quote and blackface cartoons screams desperation.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
David Noh
Film Journal International
March 18, 2009
This excruciatingly p.c. worrywart of a film takes the "Little Black Sambo" story and tries to make something trenchant and socially important of it, but merely succeeds in being false, forced and ultimately insulting.
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Rex Reed
New York Observer
March 25, 2009
The title is wrong. They should call it Spinning Into Margarine.
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