“Lee Daniels’ The Butler,” starring Forest Whitaker, Oprah Winfrey and appearances by a slew of other famous celebrities, is receiving largely positive reviews but hasn’t enamored all critics, according the Huffington Post.
“‘The Butler’ plays less like a personal epic and more like a glossed-over highlight reel of African-Americans’ long, difficult march to equality,” wrote Tim Grierson of ScreenDaily.
Nearly all critics do agree that Winfrey, who plays Whitaker’s wife, delivered a stellar performance, Huff Post reports.
“Winfrey is clearly reveling in the opportunity to shake up her image a bit and play a boozy adulteress,” wrote Alonso Duralde for TheWrap.com. Katy Rich of CinemaBlend.com wrote, “Oprah brings some much-needed levity — and eventually high drama — to the film.”
Early scores for “The Butler” on Rotten Tomatoes show a 75 percent “Fresh” rating so far. The film is scheduled for release in theaters on Aug. 16.