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Gut-wrenching and emotionally affecting, Lee Daniels' The Butler overcomes an uneven narrative thanks to strong performances from an all-star cast. Read critic reviews

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After leaving the South as a young man and finding employment at an elite hotel in Washington, D.C., Cecil Gaines (Forest Whitaker) gets the opportunity of a lifetime when he is hired as a butler at the White House. Over the course of three decades, Cecil has a front-row seat to history and the inner workings of the Oval Office. However, his commitment to his "First Family" leads to tension at home, alienating his wife (Oprah Winfrey) and causing conflict with his anti-establishment son.

Cast & Crew

Forest Whitaker
Cecil Gaines
Oprah Winfrey
Gloria Gaines
John Cusack
Richard Nixon
Jane Fonda
Nancy Reagan
Cuba Gooding Jr.
Carter Wilson
Lenny Kravitz
James Holloway
James Marsden
John F. Kennedy
David Oyelowo
Louis Gaines
Vanessa Redgrave
Annabeth Westfall
Danny Strong
Screenwriter
Michael Finley
Executive Producer
Sheila C. Johnson
Executive Producer
Harvey Weinstein
Executive Producer
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Critic Reviews for Lee Daniels' The Butler

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  • Nov 30, 2015
    I have never seen a more pretentious film. This is an incredibly clumsy and disjointed movie but it thinks it's the shit. A lot of that comes from Daniels, who is about as subtle as a freight train. Don't watch this, it's a waste of time.
    Stephen S Super Reviewer
  • Sep 06, 2015
    A generally enjoyable -- if partially miscast and bloated -- biopic that covers so much historical ground it's difficult not to admire.
    Isaac H Super Reviewer
  • May 20, 2015
    wasn't expecting Oprah Winfrey: The Movie. Disappointing.
    Marcus W Super Reviewer
  • Aug 18, 2014
    A somewhat moving film done with grace and dignity, but lacking the emotional heft to be profound. Although Whitaker and Winfrey deliver, the performances of the rest of the A-List ensemble cast is hit-or-miss. Entertaining but unnervingly episodic.
    Christian C Super Reviewer

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