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Butter

When a gifted butter sculptor announces his retirement, his ambitious wife sees her hopes for future fame -- and the presidency -- melt away. She sets out to take up the mantle, but soon learns how cutthroat the world of pro butter sculpting can be.
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Netflix Rating: 3.6
Rotten Tomatoes: Rotten 35%
Critics' score: 35   Audience score: 46   Rotten Tomatoes page
Top Rotten Tomatoes Critics

A wicked Midwest satire with razor blades stashed beneath its bright candy-apple surface. full review

Peter Debruge, Variety

Hardly the high-priced spread, this condescending comedy about Middle America will score with some audiences and put off others. full review

Todd McCarthy, Hollywood Reporter

Plays like one long, slow descent into cloying moralizing and uplift that's well past its expiration date. full review

Nick Schager, Village Voice

The movie's entire superior attitude is kind of annoying. full review

Stephen Whitty, Newark Star-Ledger

We're still just scratching the surface of witty, provocative humor as long as envelope-pushing directors such as Jim Field Smith continue to find work. full review

Sean O'Connell, Washington Post

At times, the Midwestern satire "Butter" is almost funny, and in its honor I almost laughed. full review

Kyle Smith, New York Post

Director Jim Field Smith keeps the quirky characters coming with smooth efficiency and throws in some nice touches along the way. full review

Tom Long, Detroit News

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. full review

Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle

Given the talent assembled for this diversion, you can't believe it's not better. full review

Sheri Linden, Los Angeles Times

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 ... full review

John Anderson, Wall Street Journal

Butter thrives on skewering characters whose self-importance isolates them completely from the consequences of their actions. full review

This film is dumb, blunt-instrument parody. full review

Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune

Drippy sentiment and coarse political satire vie for control of "Butter," a two-faced sendup of heartland obsession that wants to have its toast and eat it too. full review

Jeannette Catsoulis, New York Times

Butter is a film more enamored of its premise than interested in making it work. full review

Scott Bowles, USA Today

"Butter" is funny in spots, but it's so preoccupied with landing below-the-belt cultural jabs that it misses the opportunity for laying out biting social commentary. full review

Barbara VanDenburgh, Arizona Republic

Butter wishes it were a Christopher Guest sendup but comes off like a cheap imitation. full review

Peter Travers, Rolling Stone

A shrill, cartoonish mess - not a total disaster, but no one's idea of a good movie. full review

Ty Burr, Boston Globe

It's one thing to create biting social satire; it's quite another to shoot at such easy targets. full review

Elizabeth Weitzman, New York Daily News

Butter is laid on too thick, and in other places it's spread too thin, and it never quite develops a flavor of its own. full review

James Rocchi, MSN Movies

About as subtle as a slab of lard served on a slice of ham. full review

Roger Moore, McClatchy-Tribune News Service
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  • Release Year: 2011
  • MPAA Rating: R
  • Runtime: 90 min
  • Available From: Jan 04, 2013
  • Queued by: 3513 people
Directed By
Jim Field Smith
Cast
Olivia Wilde, Hugh Jackman, Ashley Greene, Alicia Silverstone, Jennifer Garner, Ty Burrell, Kristen Schaal, Rob Corddry, Pruitt Taylor Vince
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