Butter

Metascore
40

Mixed or average reviews - based on 23 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 23
  2. Negative: 8 out of 23

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Critic Reviews

  1. Reviewed by: Catherine Shoard
    Sep 19, 2012
    60
    There's something about this film's churn of goo and grit that lingers ambivalently, difficult to digest.
  2. Reviewed by: James Rocchi
    Oct 6, 2012
    50
    With both Garner and Shahedi providing voice-over, the small-town stakes and the big thematic ideas, Butter feels like someone trying to create the lemonade tang and quenching zest of, say, Alexander Payne's "Election."
  3. Reviewed by: Sheri Linden
    Oct 4, 2012
    50
    The would-be satire is nothing more than a bunch of sketch characters and jokes welded to a sentimental subplot.
  4. Reviewed by: Jeannette Catsoulis
    Oct 4, 2012
    50
    Well acted and sporadically amusing - especially when Olivia Wilde's profanity-spewing stripper is around - Butter alternates between looking down its nose at Midwestern passions and cooing over smugly liberal values.
  5. Reviewed by: Peter Travers
    Oct 4, 2012
    50
    The chance for delicious satire melts away quickly in Butter, a spoof without oomph.
  6. Reviewed by: Barbara VanDenburgh
    Oct 4, 2012
    50
    Butter is funny in spots, but it's so preoccupied with landing below-the-belt cultural jabs that it misses the opportunity for laying out biting social commentary.
  7. Reviewed by: Zeba Blay
    Oct 4, 2012
    50
    It's the film's unwillingness to deal with the sometimes hilarious and often problematic things its characters say and do that stands as one of its ultimate failings.
  8. Reviewed by: Marjorie Baumgarten
    Oct 3, 2012
    50
    Garner hasn't come across as amusing as she is here in quite some time. Despite many funny bits, Butter also, at times, seems to excoriate the blinkered Midwesterners in the flyover states.
  9. Reviewed by: Rex Reed
    Oct 2, 2012
    50
    The film was shot in Louisiana, which looks nothing like Iowa. Nobody along the way seems to have a care in the world about cholesterol. And it's the first movie in history that makes Hugh Jackman look repulsive.
  10. Reviewed by: Elizabeth Weitzman
    Oct 4, 2012
    40
    Appropriately enough for a movie built on two-dimensional cartoons of amoral adults and innocent children, Shahidi is the only actor who emerges with her dignity fully intact.
  11. Reviewed by: David Fear
    Oct 2, 2012
    40
    If its juxtaposition of bad behavior and dairy products leaves you stone-faced or wearily sighing, you should exit the theater posthaste.
User Score
6.8

Generally favorable reviews- based on 19 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 6
  2. Negative: 2 out of 6
  1. Sep 2, 2014
    7
    A dark comedy to its very core, Butter is a unique look at both competition and competitiveness. If you don't think you'll be entertained byA dark comedy to its very core, Butter is a unique look at both competition and competitiveness. If you don't think you'll be entertained by competitive butter carving, you are sorely mistaken. Full Review »
  2. Jan 16, 2014
    7
    Honestly, this one was pretty good. It was pretty funny and it had a lot of heart. I'm surprised to say I enjoyed a movie about carvingHonestly, this one was pretty good. It was pretty funny and it had a lot of heart. I'm surprised to say I enjoyed a movie about carving butter, but I did. It never took itself too seriously, which is one of the biggest appeals, plus any movie with Olivia Wilde as a stripper is ok in my book. Full Review »
  3. Dec 25, 2013
    9
    This movie is simply hilarious. From the reviews I have read, people took it far too seriously. A movie about Ty Burrell as a master butterThis movie is simply hilarious. From the reviews I have read, people took it far too seriously. A movie about Ty Burrell as a master butter art sculptor is in no way meant to be taken seriously. This film pokes into the satirical style a few times, but overall stays as one of those over-the-top, ridiculous-yet-hilarious-characters type of films. It is hilarious and is really a movie that uses a silly plot to provide a setting for great comedy--in a good way. This movie is filled with jokes, and the plot is insignificant. If you came into this expecting to care about a butter sculpting competition, then I am not sure what movie is for you. Watch this movie expecting a lot of great scenes that could stand alone in any movie as comedy gold. Full Review »