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  • It's watching Cecil open his eyes, in Whitaker's reflective, powerfully understated performance, that fills this flawed film with potency and purpose. Striving really does bring its own glory. show more

  • The butler, Cecil Gaines, is a fictional creation, an African-American Forrest Gump who bears special witness to the civil-rights movement while serving on the White House staff under seven presidents. The contrivance is stretched to its breaking point over a running time of 132 minutes; some of the episodes cross a different line from almost plausible to downright silly. That's not the whole story, though. show more

  • For all its faults - and there are many, from shameless compression of events to milk the drama for all it's worth, to the gimmicky miscasting of several commanders-in-chief (Robin Williams as Eisenhower is especially egregious) - The Butler is an inspiring and important summation of the black struggle. show more

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  • January 07, 2014 kiss0809
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    GOOD MOVIE..LIKE THE HISTORY AND THE STORY TOLD.BUT A BIT TOO LONG AND ALOT OF THE CHARACTERS WERE UNFORGETABLE..COULD HAVE BEEN A MADE FOR TV MOVIE

  • October 20, 2013 avivagi
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    Good movie but not original since there were so many movies about slavery and their emancipation. Very interesting though because it was based on a true story. Unfortunately politicians suck. ALL people should be treated equally.

  • October 12, 2013 The voice
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    Great movie- brought back memories that help shaped America.