...a lightweight, surface-scratching drama...
—Jason Lynch People
Lots of racial speechifying, some of it ugly, leads to no conclusion. The material is crying out for a satiric wit or at least a stronger point of view. Instead, it's a mishmash in which everyone gets to say his piece, but all of it has been said before.
—Kyle Smith New York Post
In Spinning into Butter we are spoon-fed the deep dark revelation that racism can exist as virulently in liberal environs as in reactionary ones. Alert the media.
—Peter Rainer Christian Science Monitor
...a misshapen adaptation...
—Lisa Schwarzbaum Entertainment Weekly
...a reprehensible race drama...
—Jason Clark Slant Magazine
What seemed sharp and pointed onstage comes across pedantically in the film, which treats its subject with a clumsy heavy-handedness.
—Frank Scheck Hollywood Reporter