Spinning Into Butter - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

Spinning Into Butter Reviews

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Anna King
Time Out
November 17, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Cary Darling
Dallas Morning News
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+
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Ben Lyons
At the Movies
March 30, 2009
It feels like an after school special.
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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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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
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+
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Glenn Whipp
Los Angeles Times
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
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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
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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
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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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Claudia Puig
USA Today
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
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
March 26, 2009
If freshman film students were assigned to make a movie on race relations, this contrived attempt is probably what they'd come up with
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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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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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Rex Reed
New York Observer
March 25, 2009
The title is wrong. They should call it Spinning Into Margarine.
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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.