Spinning Into Butter
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Spinning Into Butter
Sarah Jessica Parker produces and stars in stage director Mark Brokaw's adaptation the Rebecca Gilman play concerning a newly hired dean of students at an elite New England college who finds her life consumed by chaos following a vicious series of hate crimes. Sarah Daniels (Parker) was just settling into her new position when she was placed in charge of the investigation into a series of racially motivated campus crimes. Having previously worked at an inner-city school, Sarah makes the decision to get the police involved when Dean Catherine Kenney (Miranda Richardson) and President… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 15%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The biggest lesson from Spinning Into Butter has nothing to do with the ethics of race and more with realizing that every hit play doesn't need to be turned into a movie."
‑ Cary Darling, Dallas Morning News
"The staging by theater director Mark Brokaw, in his first feature, is, well, stagy. I don't mind a movie where people spend a lot of time jawboning, but what they say had better be interesting."
‑ Peter Rainer, Christian Science Monitor
"Spinning Into Butter is the perfect example of a movie taking an interesting premise and, through incompetence of acting, writing and directing, turning it into an unwatchable mess."
‑ Sonny Bunch, Washington Times
"Painfully earnest and unrelievedly stilted and cliched, the movie is less a drama than a well-meaning but rather ridiculous diatribe."
‑ Frank Swietek, One Guy's Opinion
"Betraying its theatrical origins, Brokaw's feature debut is a vastly disappointing message movie in which Sarah Jessica Parker (also credited as producer) is miscast, to say the least."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"It feels like an after school special."
‑ Ben Lyons, At the Movies
"The foils have no compunction about hurling ugly truths at each other, most of the time much too literally to work on screen."
‑ Glenn Whipp, Los Angeles Times
"if you're not interested in a sermon, you'll want to skip this one"
‑ Kevin Carr, 7M Pictures
"Initially compelling, but spins into a hodgepodge of contrived scenes, uneven drama and poorly developed, yet provocative issues that simmer for too long without actually coming to a boil."
‑ Avi Offer, NYC Movie Guru
"The best of intentions and a welcome willingness to engage on the touchiest issues is not enough to keep this movie from feeling more like a seminar than a story."
‑ Nell Minow, Beliefnet
"This movie would've been bad in 1983, but at least it would've been original."
‑ Ben Mankiewicz, At the Movies
"The material is crying out for a satiric wit or at least a stronger point of view. Instead, it's a mishmash in which everyone gets to say his piece, but all of it has been said before."
‑ Kyle Smith, New York Post
"Butter makes a disastrous transition to film, aiming to salvage pertinent points on the witch's brew of racism through a filmmaking undertaking perhaps best described as "total clown shoes.""
‑ Brian Orndorf, DVDTalk.com
"Crash was a master class in subtlety compared to Spinning Into Butter."
‑ Tricia Olszewski, Washington City Paper
"Credit goes to playwright Gilman and company for addressing an ugly situation head on. Unfortunately, it's a scenario that lends itself to hot air and that's what the movie blows."
‑ John P. McCarthy, Boxoffice Magazine
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