Butter (2012)

Butter follows an ambitious woman (Jennifer Garner) who is married to Iowa's reigning butter sculpting champ (Ty Burrell) but decides to enter the race on her own when he retires. She's the shoo-in until an adopted young black girl… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Drama, Comedy
Release Date: October 5, 2012
DVD Release Date: December 4, 2012
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Critic Score: 33% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Despite its talented cast and a few funny moments, Butter's satirical aims are largely undone by a lack of subtlety and air of smugness.

Peter Debruge

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

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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger

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

Mark Jackson
Epoch Times

'Butter' pokes R-rated comedy (lots of swearing) fun at dirty politics, as well as the 4-H club-attending, pie-baking, cow-comparing, butter-carving, red state demographic.

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Todd McCarthy
Hollywood Reporter

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

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Sean O'Connell
Washington Post

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.

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Richard Haridy

The final result, however, is a complete oddity that is less an interesting political satire and more the piercing examination of butter carving competitions that no one ever asked for.

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Nick Schager
Village Voice

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

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Kyle Smith
New York Post

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

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Al Alexander
The Patriot Ledger

The characters want to melt your heart, but like everything in "Butter," they're just too pat.

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Flixster Audience Score: 44% Flixster User Reviews
Nicki Marie
Who knew butter could be so interesting. Lol. This kind of reminded me of "Election". Jennifer Garner's overachieving character definitely had a… More
"What a fun quirky film. You never know what your going to get with an indie flick. In this one you get a butter sculptor, crazy stepford wife, a stripper,… More
Cynthia S.
Cute, and witty. Really well done. Excellent cast. Perfect Sunday afternoon movie....
Liam Gadd
''Butter'' has an extremely likeable cast, but it's too predictable, repetitive and bland to warrant a strong recommendation.
Manu Gino
There's going to be a meltdown. Good decent movie! Butter is a delightful little comedy that has most of its best jokes in the trailer but still manages… More
Walter M.
In "Butter," Bob Pickler(Ty Burrell) has won the county butter sculpting contest for the last fifteen years. So, the powers-the-be have decided to… More