• PG-13, 1 hr. 25 min.
  • Drama, Comedy
  • Directed By:
    Marcos Siega
    In Theaters:
    Apr 11, 2008 Wide
    On DVD:
    Jun 10, 2008
  • Warner Bros. Pictures

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Chaos Theory Reviews

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David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews

...peters out in a fairly substantial way as it approaches its woefully melodramatic finale...

Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews | Original Score: 2/4

May 21, 2009
Dennis Harvey
Variety
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The lead performers, the brighter fillips in Daniel Taplitz's screenplay and Marcos Siega's assured direction make this a pleasing item overall.

Full Review Source: Variety

October 18, 2008
John Anderson
Newsday
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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.

Full Review Source: Newsday | Original Score: 2/4

October 18, 2008
Heather Huntington
ReelzChannel.com

"No amount of CPR can bring this dead fish of a movie back to life."

Full Review Source: ReelzChannel.com | Original Score: 5/10

September 8, 2008
Mike McGranaghan
Aisle Seat

The cast is good and the themes are compelling, but the execution is a bit of a mess.

Full Review Source: Aisle Seat | Original Score: 2/4

June 17, 2008
Richard Knight
Windy City Times

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?

Full Review Source: Windy City Times

May 22, 2008
Gregory Kirschling
Entertainment Weekly
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Chaos Theory peddles the usual carpe diem movie bunk.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: C

April 24, 2008
Armond White
New York Press

Chaos Theory, starring Ryan Reynolds, confirms the underground vision of screenwriter Daniel Taplitz, who has re-imagined the screwball comedy in original terms.

Full Review Source: New York Press

April 16, 2008
Ron Wilkinson
Monsters and Critics

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

April 14, 2008
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)

As imperfect as it is, Chaos Theory is much better than most of Hollywood's output this year.

Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4

April 14, 2008
Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
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Chaos Theory lives up, or maybe down, to its title, as it's all over the place.

April 14, 2008
Katey Rich
Film Journal International

Chaos may make for an interesting life experience, but onscreen it results in a messy and unfulfilling movie.

Full Review Source: Film Journal International

April 14, 2008
Peter Sobczynski
eFilmCritic.com

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.

Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com | Original Score: 1/5

April 14, 2008
Tony Medley
tonymedley.com

This is a spot on brilliant gem of film that goes from one unexpected surprise to another. It had me laughing uncontrollably at times.

Full Review Source: tonymedley.com | Original Score: 10/10

April 12, 2008
Brian Tallerico
The Deadbolt

Reynolds and Mortimer won't be fazed by this misfire but Chaos Theory certainly lives up to its title. It's a mess.

Full Review Source: The Deadbolt

April 11, 2008
Ken Fox
TV Guide's Movie Guide

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.

Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide | Original Score: 2/4

April 11, 2008
Philip Marchand
Toronto Star
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Reynolds goes through his emotional paces with conviction and is developing a trademark wounded look that is quite effective.

Full Review Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 2.5/4

April 11, 2008
Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
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It's swift and watchable enough, and the actors keep things interesting, but ultimately the movie falls short.

Full Review Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 2.5/4

April 11, 2008
Andrea Gronvall
Chicago Reader
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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.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

April 11, 2008
Kyle Smith
New York Post
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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.

Full Review Source: New York Post | Original Score: 1/4

April 11, 2008
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