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LEE DANIELS' THE BUTLER tells the story of a White House butler (Academy Award®-winner Forest Whitaker) 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, his wife (Academy Award®-nominated Oprah Winfrey), and the rest of his family. Rounding out this all-star cast is 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®-nominated Lee Daniels (PRECIOUS) directs the script from Emmy® Award-winning writer Danny Strong (TV's GAME CHANGE).
Movie Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes
- Reviews Counted: 165
- Fresh: 120
- Rotten: 45
- Average Rating: 6.6/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Fresh: A high-minded, didactic, but irresistible entertainment ...
Fresh: Forest Whitaker imbues his part with immense dignity and the old-age makeup is effective showcasing Cecil during his later years.
Fresh: A history lesson in violence and endurance. A sentimental journey. A tribute. Director Daniels and the dedicated cast of The Butler deliver all that.
Rotten: It's too obviously a careful tour through American history, and while some sequences work - particularly the various attacks on civil-rights workers - too much of it feels as flat and cheap as a film strip.
As a black man, I have to wonder if Hollywood can do anything that doesn't antagonize and insult the rest of the country playing the same old, tired tune, over nd over and over and... Oprah is a cloying insult, the perfect addition to a schlocky movie. Unless you want to see a pointless movie that plays the race card, this film has nothing to offer, creatively or historically.
Ruined a great character....
what an opportunity these guys had to tell this wonderful story....he served 8 presidents and had some terrific storys to tell. Instead it's just another of Hollywood's
"Look what the White man did the the poor black man". It insults both races....pathetic.Don't waste your time/money as you've seen it and heard it all before.
Victimology For All
This film is a total crock. I used to admire Forest Whitaker’s acting but this is a total travesty of his abilities.