Inspired by a true story, Academy Award® winner Forest Whitaker stars as Cecil Gaines, the devoted husband, father and White House butler who served seven presidents during some of the most tumultuous and defining moments of the 20th century. Oprah Winfrey co-stars with a stellar supporting cast that includes John Cusack, Jane Fonda, Cuba Gooding, Jr., Terrence Howard, Lenny Kravitz, James Marsden, David Oyelowo, Alan Rickman, Liev Schreiber and Robin Williams in this powerful drama from the Oscar® nominated director of Precious (2009).

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3.6 out of 5
979 Ratings

979 Ratings

72% TOMATOMETER

Critics Consensus: Gut-wrenching and emotionally affecting, Lee Daniels' The Butler overcomes an uneven narrative thanks to strong performances from an all-star cast.

13+ COMMON SENSE

Well-acted civil rights tale is moving but too formulaic.

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