The Butterfly Effect (2004)



Critic Consensus: The premise is intriguing, but it's placed in the service of an overwrought and tasteless thriller.

Movie Info

Final Destination 2 screenwriters Eric Bress and J. Mackye Gruber make their directorial debut with the sci-fi thriller The Butterfly Effect. Evan Treborn (Ashton Kutcher with facial hair) wants to free himself from his disturbing childhood memories. As a kid, he often blacked out for long periods of time and tried to detail his life in a journal. As a young adult, he revisits the journal entries to figure out the truth about his troubled childhood friends Kayleigh (Amy Smart), Lenny (Elden … More

Rating: R (for violence, sexual content, language and brief drug use)
Genre: Drama, Mystery & Suspense, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Directed By: ,
Written By: Eric Bress, J. Mackye Gruber
In Theaters:
On DVD: Sep 24, 2004
Box Office: $57.7M
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Ashton Kutcher

as Evan Treborn
Amy Smart

as Kayleigh Miller
Melora Walters

as Andrea Treborn
Ethan Suplee

as Thumper
William Lee Scott

as Tommy Miller
Eric Stoltz

as Mr. Miller
John Patrick Amedori

as Evan (age 13)
Nathaniel De Veaux

as Dr. Renfield
Kevin Schmidt

as Lenny Kagan at 13
Irene Gorovaia

as Kayleigh (age 13)
Kevin G. Schmidt

as Lenny (age 13)
Jesse James

as Tommy (age 13)
Cameron Crigger

as Tommy Miller at 8
Logan Lerman

as Evan (age 7)
Sarah Widdows

as Kayleigh (age 7)
Jake Kaese

as Lenny at 7
Cameron Bright

as Tommy at 7
Lorena Gale

as Mrs. Boswell
Nathaniel DeVeaux

as Dr. Redfield
Kendall Cross

as Mrs. Kagan
John B. Lowe

as Professor Carter
Jesse Hutch

as Spencer
Andrew Olcott

as Andrea's New Husband
Sadie Lawrence

as Mrs. Halpern
Glenn Richards

as Pinching Customer
Sam Easton

as Theta Chi Pledge
Daniel Spink

as Senior Brother
June B. Wilde

as Waitress
Trevor Jones

as Sunnyvale Guard
Colby Chartrand

as Teen Punk
Shelly Schiavoni

as Mrs. Miller
Chapelle Jaffe

as Madame Helga
Scott Swanson

as Obstetrician
Kevan Ohtsji

as Anesthesiologist
Amy Esterle

as Gothic Coed
Magda Apanowicz

as Teen Punk Girl
Gary Little

as Wedding Priest
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Critic Reviews for The Butterfly Effect

All Critics (178) | Top Critics (40)

Nothing can save this repetitive bore. Dude, where's your memory?

September 24, 2004
Rolling Stone
Top Critic

Not one second of this bilge makes a lick of sense.

Full Review… | September 24, 2004
New York Observer
Top Critic

Kutcher is the wrong actor to anchor a psychological freak-out.

Full Review… | September 24, 2004
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic

It's as if [Kutcher] decided that he would prove himself as a dramatic actor by trying out every clich?d serious role in the history of cinema.

Full Review… | September 24, 2004
Top Critic

Ouch. Ouch. Ouch. So very bad.

Full Review… | September 24, 2004
Common Sense Media

It's a pretty dumb and utterly pretentious jumbled drama that is never sure what it's trying to say, or what in fact it means.

Full Review… | September 24, 2004
Cinema Crazed

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