The Butterfly Effect (2004)



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

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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: Jul 20, 2007
Box Office: $57.7M
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as Andrea's New Husband

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Critic Reviews for The Butterfly Effect

All Critics (178) | Top Critics (40)

Ouch. Ouch. Ouch. So very bad.

Full Review… | December 28, 2010
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… | April 29, 2009
Cinema Crazed

Tries hard to be affecting and mind-blowing, and sometimes it comes close.

Full Review… | January 31, 2008

More like "The Gag Reflex."

Full Review… | November 18, 2005
Bangor Daily News (Maine)

this is exactly the sort of movie I like to see.

Full Review… | January 16, 2005

Assez bien dans l'ensemble, mais la fascinante prémise n'est jamais vraiment exploité à sa hauteur.

December 16, 2004

Audience Reviews for The Butterfly Effect


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Super Reviewer

Built on one laughable implausibility after another this is a dark work that begs the recycle container ... but go along with what's unbelievable for a minute and after a minute you get a serviceable visit to the twilight zone, one where Kutcher's not a bad actor. And this is a serviceable sci-fi.

Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer


A college student discovers he can go back in time and alter past events, but every change he makes brings about tragic unintended consequences in the new present. Pretty much "DONNIE DARKO for Dummies."

Greg S

Super Reviewer

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