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Based on 23 Reviews
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  • 50
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    The chance for delicious satire melts away quickly in Butter, a spoof without oomph. show more

  • 25
    Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle

    Butter is a misfire. At 90 minutes it feels inflated, and though clearly intended as funny, it's difficult to locate, except in the most general terms, the focus of the movie's satire, and there's not a laugh to be had. show more

  • 38
    Scott Bowles USA Today

    It's been a long time since a movie wasted this much talent. show more

  • 70
    John Anderson Wall Street Journal

    The film grows increasingly mirthful as the characters come into focus, and the casting is the key: Ms. Garner, who also helped produce the film, has a gift for catty roles, and Ms. Wilde is so funny she should play hookers all the time. show more

  • 40
    Elizabeth Weitzman New York Daily News

    Appropriately enough for a movie built on two-dimensional cartoons of amoral adults and innocent children, Shahidi is the only actor who emerges with her dignity fully intact. show more

  • 65

    Butter thrives on skewering characters whose self-importance isolates them completely from the consequences of their actions. And while the film's perspective is distinctly liberal, providing several thinly veiled criticisms of conservative politicians, nearly everyone (except Destiny) is guilty of something. show more

  • 50
    Slant Magazine

    It's the film's unwillingness to deal with the sometimes hilarious and often problematic things its characters say and do that stands as one of its ultimate failings. show more

  • 50
    Rex Reed New York Observer

    The film was shot in Louisiana, which looks nothing like Iowa. Nobody along the way seems to have a care in the world about cholesterol. And it's the first movie in history that makes Hugh Jackman look repulsive. show more

  • 38
    Ty Burr Boston Globe

    Butter dearly wants to be a hot-button social satire that plays rough with sacred cows: Midwestern power-moms, the religious right, race, sex, you name it. Mostly, it wants to be an Alexander Payne movie from the 1990s. "Citizen Ruth," say, or "Election." Instead, it's a shrill, cartoonish mess. show more

  • 25
    Kyle Smith New York Post

    It's another in the bicoastal indie industry's endless series of self-congratulatory comedies about the alleged dopiness of middle American hicks who do things like read Parade magazine and decorate with flags. show more

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