Pick a random title Lee Daniels' The Butler

2013 3.0/5 IMDb 7.2/10 (87k) PG-13 SuperHD 132 minutes

The life of a White House butler who served under eight presidents unfolds against a backdrop of unparalleled change in American history.

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Forest Whitaker, Oprah Winfrey, John Cusack, Jane Fonda, Cuba Gooding Jr., Terrence Howard, Lenny Kravitz, James Marsden, David Oyelowo, Alan Rickman, Liev Schreiber, Robin Williams, Mariah Carey, Alex Pettyfer, Vanessa Redgrave, David Banner, Michael Rainey Jr. Directed by Lee Daniels

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Languages: English, Spanish

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NYT Critics' Pick: Black Man, White House, and History

Forest Whitaker plays the title character in “Lee Daniels’ The Butler,” which covers eight presidential administrations and beyond. — A. O. Scott Read the review

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The Butler proves a decent, significant, but slightly stodgy affair. Its dignified restraint stifles its anger.

Trevor Johnston, Time Out, 2013-11-12


A high-minded, didactic, but irresistible entertainment ...

David Denby, New Yorker, 2013-09-02


Forest Whitaker imbues his part with immense dignity and the old-age makeup is effective showcasing Cecil during his later years.

James Berardinelli, ReelViews, 2013-08-18


[A] turbulent, emotionally overpowering movie.

Michael Sragow, Orange County Register, 2013-08-16


Winfrey is good, though, demonstrating yet again that she's an actress and not just a celebrity playing an actress.

Peter Rainer, Christian Science Monitor, 2013-08-16


A history lesson in violence and endurance. A sentimental journey. A tribute. Director Daniels and the dedicated cast of The Butler deliver all that.

Lisa Kennedy, Denver Post, 2013-08-16


"The Butler" mixes big issues and big people and real human life with surprising grace.

Tom Long, Detroit News, 2013-08-16


Forest Whitaker gives the performance of his career.

Richard Roeper, Richard Roeper.com, 2013-08-15


The director's sometimes absurd bravado-along with Forest Whitaker's grave, wise performance in the title role-is what gives this outsized and sometimes lumbering film its irrefutable emotional power.

Dana Stevens, Slate, 2013-08-15


Remarkable not for its "Forrest Gump"-itude but for its unerring social portrait of a black middle class torn by the stress-fractures of an era.

Ty Burr, Boston Globe, 2013-08-15


Both deeply affecting and blatant Oscar bait.

Claudia Puig, USA Today, 2013-08-15


Even at its worst, it prefers to stimulate rather than launch another noisy parade of stereotypes.

John Hartl, Seattle Times, 2013-08-15


The Butler is an inspiring and important summation of the black struggle.

Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer, 2013-08-15


It's not an interpretation of actual history as much as it is a reduced revision of movie history.

Wesley Morris, Grantland, 2014-01-03


The Butler may be a sanctimonious cartoon, but it points to events in the civil rights struggle that were as grotesque and extraordinary as any fiction can invent.

Liam Lacey, Globe and Mail, 2013-08-16


It's too obviously a careful tour through American history, and while some sequences work - particularly the various attacks on civil-rights workers - too much of it feels as flat and cheap as a film strip.

Stephen Whitty, Newark Star-Ledger, 2013-08-16


"Lee Daniels' The Butler" might have been titled "Lee Daniels' Forrest Gump" - its hero challenged morally rather than mentally, but watching history in Gumpian fashion, as a series of cameos viewed through a slightly clueless daze.

John Anderson, Washington Post, 2013-08-15


The movie's a mess, but a unique and provocative one.

Ben Sachs, Chicago Reader, 2013-08-15


"The Butler" is a nice idea for a movie, but has a mostly silly script and some of the craziest and most laughable casting imaginable.

Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle, 2013-08-15


Packed with stunt casting and distracting performances.

Mark Jenkins, NPR, 2013-08-15