The Butterfly Effect Reviews

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Time Out
February 9, 2006
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Houston Chronicle
July 21, 2005
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
January 29, 2004
Nothing can save this repetitive bore. Dude, where's your memory?
| Original Score: 1/4
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Rex Reed
New York Observer
January 29, 2004
Not one second of this bilge makes a lick of sense.
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
January 29, 2004
Kutcher is the wrong actor to anchor a psychological freak-out.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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January 27, 2004
It's as if [Kutcher] decided that he would prove himself as a dramatic actor by trying out every clichéd serious role in the history of cinema.
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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
January 24, 2004
| Original Score: C
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Charles Taylor
Salon.com
January 24, 2004
It's one of the most unpleasant Hollywood films in some time.
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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
January 23, 2004
A flawed but serviceable thriller.
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
January 23, 2004
Sloppily conceived and clunkily paced, the movie goes from improbable to preposterous within its first few minutes; over the next two hours the filmmakers never miss a chance for some gratuitous piece of sadism, sexuality or sleaze.
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
January 23, 2004
A grim and gruesome sci-fi thriller that labours to demonstrate [Kutcher's] range as a dramatic actor.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
January 23, 2004
Ultimately just feels like a mess, screeching back and forth in time, dragging its actors from one miserable scene to another.
Full Review | Original Score: 0.5/4
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
January 23, 2004
It's trash, and yet there will always be a place for this kind of trash at the movies.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
January 23, 2004
Kutcher scores laughs, both intentional and otherwise, and only seems at home in those Dude, Where's My Car? moments. And dude brings everybody else down with him.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Lisa Rose
Newark Star-Ledger
January 23, 2004
The twists and tendrils don't withstand close or even not-so-close scrutiny.
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Connie Ogle
Miami Herald
January 23, 2004
Better than you might expect despite its awkward, slow beginning, drawing you in gradually and paying off in surprisingly effective and bittersweet ways.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
January 23, 2004
What if on my way to the screening, something had intervened -- a runaway bus, a lightning bolt -- to prevent me from ever seeing this movie. How would my life have changed? Would I have become a happier, a kinder, a less bitter and disappointed man?
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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John Monaghan
Detroit Free Press
January 23, 2004
Chalk this up as another misfire in Kutcher's big-screen career.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Michael Booth
Denver Post
January 23, 2004
A dopey script personified by Kutcher's dopey, immutable hair style morphs Rashomon into Dude, Where's My Karma?
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 23, 2004
There's so much flashing forward and backward, so many spins of fate, so many chapters in the journals, that after awhile I felt that I, as well as time, was being jerked around.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
January 23, 2004
A film of singularly boneheaded conceits, Butterfly is populated by, and appears to have been made by, stoned college dudes more hung up on oh-wow twists than the need to make sense.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
January 22, 2004
An over-the-top supernatural thriller so ridiculous it's unintentionally funnier than some of his recent comedies like My Boss's Daughter.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
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Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
January 22, 2004
If you approach this movie in the right frame of mind -- that is, with total contempt -- you can still enjoy it as a comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Mike Clark
USA Today
January 22, 2004
[Kutcher] is far less interesting than Effect's concept, which in turn is far more interesting than witnessing its botch of an execution.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Philip Wuntch
Dallas Morning News
January 22, 2004
At times its awfulness becomes so awesome, it almost must be seen to be believed.
Full Review | Original Score: D-
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Dave Kehr
New York Times
January 22, 2004
Even by the lax standards of January film releases -- this month is the traditional dumping time for studio films that didn't quite work out -- The Butterfly Effect is staggeringly bad.
Full Review | Original Score: 0/5
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Bill Muller
Arizona Republic
January 22, 2004
May be the best movie Ashton Kutcher's fans will never see.
| Original Score: 4/5
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Manohla Dargis
Los Angeles Times
January 22, 2004
Maladroit exploitation flick.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Bruce Newman
San Jose Mercury News
January 22, 2004
For the record, The Butterfly Effect has absolutely nothing to do with butterflies, and its only obvious 'effect' is to make you want to take a shower.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
January 22, 2004
Profoundly knuckleheaded.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
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John Anderson
Newsday
January 22, 2004
Badly acted, erratically scripted and ultra-violent.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Jeff Strickler
Minneapolis Star Tribune
January 22, 2004
A morbid tale that careens from child porn to animal abuse to babies being blown up by dynamite.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
January 22, 2004
Overwritten, overplotted, overacted, risibly incomprehensible.
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January 22, 2004
Overwrought, over-the-top, ham-fisted potboiler.
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Mark Caro
Chicago Tribune
January 22, 2004
Aside from this movie's switcheroos, it's hard to pinpoint the entertainment value here.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Bob Longino
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
January 22, 2004
It's a movie as ridiculously weird as it is ludicrously stitched together.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
January 20, 2004
This is a compelling and intriguing movie that toys with the powers of choice and chance in a way that is not overused.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Dennis Lim
Village Voice
January 20, 2004
Dreary and overfamiliar -- a strained bid for Donnie Darko cult cred on the part of its star.
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
January 19, 2004
An entertaining piece of supernatural nonsense whose sheer audacity disarms all (well, nearly all) skepticism.
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Chicago Reader
January 10, 2004