The Butler Reviews: Do Big Names Result In Big Accolades?

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Lee Daniels' The Butler has been quite the buzz lately. It's easy to see why when you see the long list of big stars involved in the film. 

Very often, though, the more A-list names are involved, the worse the movie actually is. Does The Butler fall into that familiar trap?

Let's check out a few The Butler reviews then you can pull up the Jobs reviews and see what "true life" picture to see this weekend!

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Forest Whitaker gives the performance of his career. -- Richard Roeper,

The Butler may be a sanctimonious cartoon, but it points to events in the civil rights struggle that were as grotesque and extraordinary as any fiction can invent. -- Liam Lacey, Globe and Mail

Cecil Gaines may be a fictionalized character, but he carries a lot of weight on his shoulders, beautifully interpreted by Forest Whitaker. -- Leonard Maltin, Leonard Maltin's Picks

What The Butler tries to accomplish is so noble and ambitious that it almost doesn't matter how clumsily maudlin it ends up being, how over-earnest and sanctimonious it can be. -- Eric Snider, Twitch

"Lee Daniels' The Butler" might have been titled "Lee Daniels' Forrest Gump" - its hero challenged morally rather than mentally, but watching history in Gumpian fashion, as a series of cameos viewed through a slightly clueless daze. -- John Anderson, Washington Post

"The Butler" mixes big issues and big people and real human life with surprising grace. -- Tom Long, Detroit News

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