...peters out in a fairly substantial way as it approaches its woefully melodramatic finale...
| Original Score: 2/4
The lead performers, the brighter fillips in Daniel Taplitz's screenplay and Marcos Siega's assured direction make this a pleasing item overall.
If actor Ryan Reynolds isn't careful, he's going to parlay his good looks and engaging presence into a full-time job as a game-show host.
"No amount of CPR can bring this dead fish of a movie back to life."
| Original Score: 5/10
The cast is good and the themes are compelling, but the execution is a bit of a mess.
The movie lives up to its title. How else to explain the random switch from such a dizzy set up with such promise to a typical, by the numbers relationship drama?
Chaos Theory peddles the usual carpe diem movie bunk.
| Original Score: C
Chaos Theory, starring Ryan Reynolds, confirms the underground vision of screenwriter Daniel Taplitz, who has re-imagined the screwball comedy in original terms.
Upbeat rom-com grounded in solid work by Ryan Reynolds and Emily Mortimer tells a meaningful story while still staying in-bounds with the PG-13 rating. Unusual Western Canada seacoast photography and upbeat soundtrack make for an entertaining film.
| Original Score: 7/10
As imperfect as it is, Chaos Theory is much better than most of Hollywood's output this year.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Chaos Theory lives up, or maybe down, to its title, as it's all over the place.
Chaos may make for an interesting life experience, but onscreen it results in a messy and unfulfilling movie.
The only ending that I can think of that these characters deserve would be to have the guys from Funny Games arrive at the cabin to inquire about the availability of some eggs.
| Original Score: 1/5
This is a spot on brilliant gem of film that goes from one unexpected surprise to another. It had me laughing uncontrollably at times.
| Original Score: 10/10
Reynolds and Mortimer won't be fazed by this misfire but Chaos Theory certainly lives up to its title. It's a mess.
An uptight efficiency trainer learns to embrace the messy chaos of life when a small indiscretion leads to the collapse of his marriage in this atonal romantic comedy.
Reynolds goes through his emotional paces with conviction and is developing a trademark wounded look that is quite effective.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
It's swift and watchable enough, and the actors keep things interesting, but ultimately the movie falls short.
The comic scenes can be arch or shrill, but director Marcos Siega (Pretty Persuasion) does better when the story turns somber and the emotions feel genuine.
The audience, if any, for Chaos Theory is going to be hit with a little puff of celluloid flatulence. The movie won't linger in the air, but that doesn't make it any less embarrassing.
| Original Score: 1/4