Movie review: 'Butler' reveals a house divided

  • Article by: Kristin Tillotson , Star Tribune
  • Updated: August 15, 2013 - 6:44 PM

The tale of a black White House butler traces the trajectory of the civil rights movement (with a little Oprah on top).

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circleoflifeAug. 16, 1310:45 AM

I'm really looking forward to seeing this. Looks like a good movie.

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gofurnuttAug. 16, 13 8:26 PM

I'm looking forward to seeing it too..But, Pleezzz, couldn't they have cast someone besides Oprah????

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orpheus90Aug. 17, 13 5:24 AM

Other reviewers have been ambivalent as well - plenty of narrative flaws and the production values aren't always up to snuff, but somehow the movie still grabs you and is worth the ride. Looks to me like a vehicle for Oprah to grab a supporting Oscar and finally join the Academy trophy club. Cue sentimental applause.

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chablis28Aug. 20, 13 2:20 AM

Warning, this movie plays very loose with the butlers life. A key charactor, the oldest son in the movie, doesn't exist and was never involved in the civil rights movement. I was hoping ot learnm something about the whitehouse behind the seens. Instead this is vehicle to chronical the civil rights movement and its doubtful the central charactor, the butler, even paid much attention to it. Another major lie in the movie is that a white landowner in the south shot and killed the butlers father. This movie is a complete work of fiction except for the fact that the butler was in the whitehouse for 8 terms. Disapointed and I feel taken on this one.

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