Spinning Into Butter
Spinning Into Butter (2009)

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… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: March 27, 2009
DVD Release Date: June 9, 2009
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Critic Score: 16% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Both leaden and stilted, Spinning into Butter is an unsubtle drama with stagy direction and lackluster dialogue.

Cary Darling
Dallas Morning News

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.

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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor

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.

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Sonny Bunch
Washington Times

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.

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Ben Lyons
At the Movies

It feels like an after school special.

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Glenn Whipp
Los Angeles Times

The foils have no compunction about hurling ugly truths at each other, most of the time much too literally to work on screen.

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Kevin Carr
7M Pictures

if you're not interested in a sermon, you'll want to skip this one

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Ben Mankiewicz
At the Movies

This movie would've been bad in 1983, but at least it would've been original.

Kyle Smith
New York Post

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.

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Brian Orndorf

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."

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Flixster Audience Score: 32% Flixster User Reviews
Sol C
I was happy to see Brooklyn College (the college that I attended) in this film, as the college where most of the action takes place. On the positive, the acting… More
Lord Naseby
I saw this film for my Theater in Film class. While the film is undeniably well intentioned, that only goes so far for a film. It does what it sets out to… More

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