Spinning Into Butter Image
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  • Summary: A vicious hate crime at an elite New England college thrust the new dean of students into the investigation. When charged with maintaining order on campus, she is forced to examine her own feelings about race. Based on the critically acclaimed play, Spinning into Butter is a compelling movie that examines the emotional fallout of prejudice within the cloistered walls of academia. (Screen Media Films) Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 11
  2. Negative: 8 out of 11
  1. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    63
    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
    50
    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
    40
    Despite the film's haphazard choices and aversion to subtlety, Parker and Williamson come off as appealing sparring partners.
  4. A painfully miscast Parker nervously flips her hair and waves her hands, sitcom-style, as a do-gooding dean of students.
  5. What seemed sharp and pointed onstage comes across pedantically in the film, which treats its subject with a clumsy heavy-handedness.
  6. Reviewed by: Aaron Hillis
    20
    Approaches its ideas of reverse racism and the hypocrisies of tolerance with a heavy hand and odious moralizing.
  7. Reviewed by: Dan Kois
    0
    The movie suffers most of all from a feeling of creeping irrelevance, as if it's being delivered well after its sell-by date.

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