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Butter follows an ambitious woman (Jennifer Garner) who is married to Iowa's reigning butter sculpting champ (Ty Burrell) but decides to enter the race on her own when he retires. She's the shoo-in until an adopted young black girl (Yara Shahidi) discovers she has an uncanny talent for butter-carving and becomes a late-breaking favorite. -- (C) Weinstein

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 33%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"A wicked Midwest satire with razor blades stashed beneath its bright candy-apple surface."
‑ Peter Debruge, Variety
"The movie's entire superior attitude is kind of annoying."
‑ Stephen Whitty, Newark Star-Ledger
"The final result, however, is a complete oddity that is less an interesting political satire and more the piercing examination of butter carving competitions that no one ever asked for."
‑ Richard Haridy, Quickflix
"A movie concerned with the seemingly ridiculous world of butter carving may not sound like a smart, tear-jerking, must-watch political satire. Yet Jim Field Smith's sophomore effort Butter is all of the above and more."
‑ Shannon M. Houston, Paste Magazine
"Undeniably strange yet sassy, it spreads subversive, thinly-sliced Americana."
‑ Susan Granger, SSG Syndicate
"Hardly the high-priced spread, this condescending comedy about Middle America will score with some audiences and put off others."
‑ Todd McCarthy, Hollywood Reporter
"We're still just scratching the surface of witty, provocative humor as long as envelope-pushing directors such as Jim Field Smith continue to find work."
‑ Sean O'Connell, Washington Post
"The characters want to melt your heart, but like everything in "Butter," they're just too pat."
‑ Al Alexander, The Patriot Ledger
"Butter has strong moments and has more than a few good jokes, but as a whole it struggles to keep its footing"
‑ Eric Eisenberg, CinemaBlend.com
"A heartland-set train wreck of purported satire that is confusingly edited throughout, and full of false moments which betray a lack of rigorous conceptual thought and honesty."
‑ Brent Simon, Shared Darkness
"Plays like one long, slow descent into cloying moralizing and uplift that's well past its expiration date."
‑ Nick Schager, Village Voice
"At times, the Midwestern satire "Butter" is almost funny, and in its honor I almost laughed."
‑ Kyle Smith, New York Post
"Butter is a dizzying blend of smug satire, surface-level observations and mean-spirited swipes at flyover types. Oh, and take away Olivia Wilde and it's a laugh-free affair."
‑ Christian Toto, Big Hollywood
"As smart, savvy, and witty as the film is at times, it never escapes the inherent identity crisis in its makeup"
‑ Jordan Hiller, Bangitout.com
"The film's skewering of Middle America is so soft, you could easily cut it with -- what else? -- a butter knife."
‑ Matt Brunson, Creative Loafing
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