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In Iowa, an adopted girl discovers her talent for butter carving and finds herself pitted against an ambitious local woman in their town's annual contest.

Actors: Garrett Schenck , Ashley Greene , Phyllis Smith , Ty Burrell , Jennifer Garner , Hugh Jackman , Olivia Wilde , Alicia Silverstone , Pruitt Taylor Vince , Kristen Schaal , Rob Corddry
Directors: Jim Field Smith
Country: USA
Release: 2012-10-18
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  • Peter Debruge

    Butter might have been a dark comedy; here, the humor is twisted but the world is bright as can be. Conservatives and liberals alike take a licking, and yet the art of butter carving emerges unscathed.

    Variety Full Review
  • John Anderson

    The film grows increasingly mirthful as the characters come into focus, and the casting is the key: Ms. Garner, who also helped produce the film, has a gift for catty roles, and Ms. Wilde is so funny she should play hookers all the time.

    Wall Street Journal Full Review
  • Pete Hammond

    With a razor-sharp script and Jennifer Garner winning laughs in a nice change-of-pace role, this cynically funny and pointedly pertinent not-so-subtle spin on the national battle between right and left wing politics scores lots of comic bullseyes.

    Boxoffice Magazine Full Review
  • Joel Arnold

    Butter thrives on skewering characters whose self-importance isolates them completely from the consequences of their actions. And while the film's perspective is distinctly liberal, providing several thinly veiled criticisms of conservative politicians, nearly everyone (except Destiny) is guilty of something.

    NPR Full Review
  • Catherine Shoard

    There's something about this film's churn of goo and grit that lingers ambivalently, difficult to digest.

    The Guardian Full Review
  • James Rocchi

    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."

    The Playlist Full Review
  • Sheri Linden

    The would-be satire is nothing more than a bunch of sketch characters and jokes welded to a sentimental subplot.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Jeannette Catsoulis

    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.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Peter Travers

    The chance for delicious satire melts away quickly in Butter, a spoof without oomph.

    Rolling Stone Full Review
  • Barbara VanDenburgh

    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.

    Arizona Republic Full Review
  • Zeba Blay

    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.

    Slant Magazine Full Review
  • Marjorie Baumgarten

    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.

    Austin Chronicle Full Review
  • Rex Reed

    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.

    New York Observer Full Review
  • Elizabeth Weitzman

    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.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • David Fear

    If its juxtaposition of bad behavior and dairy products leaves you stone-faced or wearily sighing, you should exit the theater posthaste.

    Time Out New York Full Review
  • Scott Bowles

    It's been a long time since a movie wasted this much talent.

    USA Today Full Review
  • Ty Burr

    Butter dearly wants to be a hot-button social satire that plays rough with sacred cows: Midwestern power-moms, the religious right, race, sex, you name it. Mostly, it wants to be an Alexander Payne movie from the 1990s. "Citizen Ruth," say, or "Election." Instead, it's a shrill, cartoonish mess.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • Sam Adams

    A toothless, insufferably smug satire using competitive butter-carving as a weak-tea stand-in for Midwestern politics, Butter is so contemptuous of its corn-fed rubes, it might as well be a Trojan horse crafted to prove the movie industry's liberal bias.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Lisa Schwarzbaum

    Self-righteous and smug in its use of heartland stereotypes, the movie backfires by assuming that its intended liberal audience is just as intolerant and condescending as the conservative opposition insists it is.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Nick Schager

    Plays like one long, slow descent into cloying moralizing and uplift that's well past its expiration date.

    Village Voice Full Review
  • Kyle Smith

    It's another in the bicoastal indie industry's endless series of self-congratulatory comedies about the alleged dopiness of middle American hicks who do things like read Parade magazine and decorate with flags.

    New York Post Full Review
  • Mick LaSalle

    Butter is a misfire. At 90 minutes it feels inflated, and though clearly intended as funny, it's difficult to locate, except in the most general terms, the focus of the movie's satire, and there's not a laugh to be had.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Bilge Ebiri

    Butter essentially eats its own premise, then proceeds to bludgeon us with unfunny, unoriginal political satire.

    New York Magazine (Vulture) Full Review
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  • butter

  • contest

  • state fair

  • bicycle

  • prostitute

  • girl in panties

  • panties

  • political satire

  • infidelity

  • unfaithfulness

  • adultery

  • extramarital affair

  • false testimony

  • cowboy hat

  • melting face

  • social worker

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  • private conversation

  • scheming woman

  • scheming wife

  • cuckold

  • cheat on husband

  • prayer of thanks

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  • stepmother stepdaughter relationship

  • ex boyfriend ex girlfriend relationship

  • reference to jackie kennedy

  • reference to john f. kennedy

  • deceased mother

  • reference to justin bieber

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  • repressed anger

  • hug

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  • lingerie store

  • tattoo

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  • mother daughter relationship

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  • car salesman

  • uptightness

  • praying in a car

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  • sex scene

  • lesbian kiss

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  • sex standing up

  • f word

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  • little girl

  • adoption

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  • death of mother

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