Butler, The (2013 F Whitaker by Lee Daniels)

Lists: Drama, Biopic, Historical

Brief Synopsis: "A look at the life of Cecil Gaines who served eight presidents as the White House's head butler from 1952 to 1986, and had a unique front-row seat as political and racial history was made."

Overall Ranking: 1484 (Rank from 2013: # 77)

Adjusted* Rating:
(lowest rating dropped)

Ratings Breakdown
(The Mixed Bag)

Buttery 26.32%
Regular 47.37%
Half-Popped 26.32%
Stale 0%
Burnt 0%


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Paul Perkins97
Gorgon Reviews97(full review)
Sober Film Critic James Brown88(full review)
Bryan Lienesch85 - It's a powerful story. Though, as with 'J. Edgar', 'The Butler' reminds us just how distracting poor makeup on miscast ensemble can be.
Tom Little of Digital Shortbread85(full review)
Rob from GuysFilmQuest80
Mesh The Movie Freak80(full review)
Steve Habrat78(full review)
Dave Examines Movies73(full review)
Fast Film Reviews Mark Hobin70(full review)
Maurice of Movie Mixology70(full review)
MandF Reviews70(full review)
Dan O'Neill70(full review)
CinemaVisitor Erik65
Greg Eichelberger of Critical Movie Critics61(full review)
David Baruffi61(full review)
Minnesota Man60(full review)
Nathan Zoebl52(full review)
Chris of This Is Madness50(full review)

People Involved

  • Forest Whitaker (Cecil Gaines)
  • David Banner (Earl Gaines)
  • Alex Pettyfer (Thomas Westfall)
  • John Cusack (Richard Nixon)
  • Robin Williams (Dwight Eisenhower)
  • James Marsden (John F. Kennedy)
  • Alan Rickman (Ronald Reagan)
  • Minka Kelly (Jackie Kennedy)
  • Liev Schreiber (Lyndon B. Johnson)
  • Mariah Carey (Hattie Pearl)
  • Jesse Williams (Rev. James Lawson)
  • Lenny Kravitz (James Holloway)
  • Cuba Gooding Jr. (Carter Wilson)
  • Terrence Howard (Howard)
  • Jane Fonda (Nancy Reagan)
  • Oprah Winfrey (Gloria Gaines)
  • Vanessa Redgrave (Annabeth Westfall)
  • Michael Rainey Jr. (Cecil Gaines (8))
  • David Oyelowo (Louis Gaines)
  • Ami Ameen (Cecil Gaines (15))
  • LaJessie Smith (Abraham)
  • (Director)
  • (Director)
  • Lee Daniels (Director)