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Lee Daniels' The Butler

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Lee Daniels

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Plot Summary

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).

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 172
  • Fresh: 123
  • Rotten: 49
  • Average Rating: 6.6/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: A high-minded, didactic, but irresistible entertainment ... – David Denby, New Yorker, Sep 2, 2013

Fresh: Forest Whitaker imbues his part with immense dignity and the old-age makeup is effective showcasing Cecil during his later years. – James Berardinelli, ReelViews, Aug 18, 2013

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. – Lisa Kennedy, Denver Post, Aug 16, 2013

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. – Stephen Whitty, Newark Star-Ledger, Aug 16, 2013

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Customer Reviews

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.

Cliché BS to appeal to White guilt

Nothing to see here. Move along. As a black man I find this boring, insulting, and pointless, unless you’re one of those weird people who wallows in awe of anything Oprah Winfrey does.

revisionist history - race-baiting on the big screen

The beginning was interesting - but the movie falls flat on it's own heavy handed Liberal interpretations of history. It's pretty astonishing watching the liberties taken in this film which portray Reagan and other Republican presidents as racists - when, in fact, Democrats fought tooth and nail against school desegragation. The end - which I suppose is supposed to be uplifting - is nothing more than hollow Obama propoganda. Given that Black unemployment hovers at 18%, I hardly see how this movie can portray him (Obama) as anything else than an epic fail for Americans.

Lee Daniels' The Butler
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  • $12.99
  • Genre: Drama
  • Released: 2013

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