Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 11 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 11
  2. Negative: 8 out of 11
  1. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    Though the movie trails off unsatisfyingly, it raises intriguing and candid, if unanswerable, questions about race relations and political correctness.
  2. Reviewed by: Dennis Harvey
    In style and content, Sarah Jessica Parker starrer is the kind of earnest, talky, modestly scaled social-issue pic that seems predestined for the smallscreen.
  3. Reviewed by: Glenn Whipp
    Despite the film's haphazard choices and aversion to subtlety, Parker and Williamson come off as appealing sparring partners.
  4. I don't mind a movie where people spend a lot of time jawboning, but what they say had better be interesting. In Spinning into Butter we are spoon-fed the deep dark revelation that racism can exist as virulently in liberal environs as in reactionary ones. Alert the media.
  5. 25
    Despite all the hyperventilating, the movie fails to consider what these crimes mean when, say, the residents of the White House happen to be black. The filmmakers recognize that identity politics are often a trap door. But it's one they're helpless to save themselves from falling through.
  6. A painfully miscast Parker nervously flips her hair and waves her hands, sitcom-style, as a do-gooding dean of students.
  7. What seemed sharp and pointed onstage comes across pedantically in the film, which treats its subject with a clumsy heavy-handedness.
  8. Reviewed by: Aaron Hillis
    Approaches its ideas of reverse racism and the hypocrisies of tolerance with a heavy hand and odious moralizing.
  9. Less a movie than an essay.
  10. If freshman film students were assigned to make a movie on race relations, this contrived attempt is probably what they'd come up with.
  11. Reviewed by: Dan Kois
    The movie suffers most of all from a feeling of creeping irrelevance, as if it's being delivered well after its sell-by date.
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 5 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 1
  2. Negative: 0 out of 1
  1. JayH.
    Jun 18, 2009
    A poorly structured film, trite writing, the acting is overzealous and the story is overstated. The film is so busy trying to be significant and important it neglects to entertain. Full Review »