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Lee Daniels' The Butler
LEE DANIELS' THE BUTLER tells the story of a White House butler who served eight American presidents over three decades. The film traces the dramatic changes that swept American society during this time, from the civil rights movement to Vietnam and beyond, and how those changes affected this man's life and family. Forest Whitaker stars as the butler with Robin Williams as Dwight Eisenhower, John Cusack as Richard Nixon, Alan Rickman as Ronald Reagan, James Marsden as John F. Kennedy, Liev Schreiber as Lyndon B. Johnson, and many more. Academy Award (R) nominated Lee Daniels (PRECIOUS)… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 72%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"It's not an interpretation of actual history as much as it is a reduced revision of movie history."
‑ Wesley Morris, Grantland
"Forest Whitaker imbues his part with immense dignity and the old-age makeup is effective showcasing Cecil during his later years."
‑ James Berardinelli, ReelViews
"The Butler is often impressively acted, beautifully shot and clearly designed to try to pick up a heartfelt award or two. But, as a film, it's too fragmented to carry its own weight on its shoulders and is over- burdened by a starry cast."
‑ Graham Young, Birmingham Mail
"The Butler is as worthy and earnest as its hero... but some scenes have a gut-wrenching impact that makes the struggle to overcome bigotry and oppression heartrendingly real."
‑ Jason Best, Movie Talk
"The best film of 2013 (paired with "12 Years a Slave")."
‑ Fr. Chris Carpenter, Movie Dearest
"The Butler proves a decent, significant, but slightly stodgy affair. Its dignified restraint stifles its anger."
‑ Trevor Johnston, Time Out
"[A] turbulent, emotionally overpowering movie."
‑ Michael Sragow, Orange County Register
"The Butler tells an obviously important and inspiring story, but the actual movie is laughable."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"A deeply moving melodrama about a subtly subversive black butler at the heart of the White House. You will need Kleenex."
‑ MaryAnn Johanson, Flick Filosopher
"A more grandiose version of The Help, The Butler stands at the ready, eager to offer an after-dinner mint of simplified, sweetened history to make us--especially white Americans--feel good about how that whole racism thing turned out in the end."
‑ Brian Gibson, Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
"A high-minded, didactic, but irresistible entertainment ..."
‑ David Denby, New Yorker
"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
"A large-scale, middle-of-the-road work that is entertaining and moving in the way that many other movies about the struggle for race equality have been."
‑ Richard Knight, Windy City Times
"It's a heart-warming tale simply told."
‑ David Edwards, Daily Record [UK]
"That Gloria expresses her own pain and her own desires makes the film's most important point, that history is not a trot through dates and period details, presidents and incidents."
‑ Cynthia Fuchs, PopMatters
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