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Butterfly

Butterfly (2000)

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80

Average Rating: 7/10
Critic Reviews: 5
Fresh: 4 | Rotten: 1

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audience

20

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Average Rating: 2.2/5
User Ratings: 17

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Movie Info

After the Pacific Lumber Company, a logging concern in the Pacific Northwest, was purchased by Charles Hurwitz, a savings and loan trader who acquired the firm in a hostile takeover, the company began clear-cutting large territories, leading to public outcry from a number of environmental activists as well as local residents troubled by violations of lumber harvesting laws and the effects of soil erosion brought on by clear-cutting. A number of activists staged protests in forests threatened by

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Documentary, Special Interest

Jun 15, 2004

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While instructive on environmental concerns about the impact of logging, Butterfly does not reward those who seek dispassionate psychological insight into the zealous Ms. Hill.

July 19, 2001 Full Review Source: New York Times
New York Times
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It's a well-developed theme, and the excellent, bittersweet finale helps, but I can't shake the feeling that the film winds up being not nearly as deep as it wanted to be.

March 14, 2005 Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com
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A bitterweet Spanish coming- of- age drama that shows how fear can sweep away childhood curiosity about life's mysteries.

April 8, 2003 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
Spirituality and Practice

Keeping suspense through a story that we know the ending of is no small feat.

April 8, 2003 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

"1" for each of Pia's perky young breasts

July 26, 2002
Hot Button

Although Hill's love of Gaia is inspiring and although Wolens doesn't take sides, it's one of her ground crew who best nails it, explaining, 'We just need to stop the greed.'

April 25, 2002
New Times

Audience Reviews for Butterfly

[font=Century Gothic][color=green] "Butterfly" is a documentary about Julia 'Butterfly' Hill who spent two brave years sitting high up in a tree to protest the clear cutting of California forests. Both sides of the argument are given - ranging from the environmental activists - who work in a collectivist organization and espouse non-violent civil disobedience - to the lumber company and the workers who are affected by the activists' actions. I especially liked the local police officer who was interviewed and explained where the law stood. The activists occasionally seem dopey but it is especially pleasant to hear messages of peace and love in this day and age. And yes, this should have been better but it is still an effective document of modern day activism. [/color][/font]
[font=Century Gothic][color=#008000] But I was still disappointed that nobody mentioned Henry David Thoreau.[/color][/font]
January 7, 2005
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