The Butterfly Effect


The Butterfly Effect

Critics Consensus

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



Total Count: 172


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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 Henson), and Tommy (William Lee Scott). When he discovers he can travel back in time in order to set things right, he tries to save his beloved friends. However, he finds out that relatively minor changes can make major problems for the future. The Butterfly Effect also stars Eric Stoltz, Ethan Suplee, and Melora Walters. The title was inspired by the story A Sound of Thunder by Ray Bradbury. ~ Andrea LeVasseur, Rovi


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)
Irene Gorovaia
as Kayleigh (age 13)
Kevin G. Schmidt
as Lenny (age 13)
Jesse James
as Tommy (age 13)
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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Audience Reviews for The Butterfly Effect

  • Oct 21, 2013
    Directors C Super Reviewer
  • Mar 22, 2013
    Donnie Darko for dummies and prudes. I couldn't handle the extreme sexual and sadism content running through it within every character throughout the otherwise unique concept of flashback time-travel to change the outcome of the present (in negative ways that is) and Kutcher cannot act right with a freakout.
    Max G Super Reviewer
  • Sep 12, 2012
    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
  • May 07, 2012
    this only slightly touches on the real intriguing aspects of the butterfly effect. if they were to dive into head first you'd be looking at a really long movie. this movie confuses itself sometimes and doesn't make sense in other scenes but for the sake of the movie it was a good stab. I liked the movie a little more at movies as it had a different ending then what became the directors cut.
    Brendan N Super Reviewer

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