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The Butterfly Effect Reviews

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March 3, 2004
The Butterfly Effect isn't Citizen Kane, but it is far and away the best teen film that I've seen since Ghostworld... Kutcher or not.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Jake Euker
F5 (Wichita, KS)
February 25, 2004
It's quite surprising, I would imagine, to find that one can go back in time, unusual enough almost to require an explanation in the film. These filmmakers see it differently.
Michael Szymanski
February 24, 2004
Kutcher brings a necessary lightness to his role as the guy who seems to make things happen around him, but doesn't want to.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Linda Cook
Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
February 14, 2004
Dude, where's my memory?
Full Review| Original Score: .5/4
Scott Weinberg
February 13, 2004
Bress & Gruber dole out their surprises with a calm confidence that belies their relative inexperience.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Brian Webster
Apollo Guide
February 7, 2004
A ludicrous supernatural thriller, packed with clichés, heavy-handed symbolism, stupid dialogue and over-acting.
| Original Score: 52/100
Austin O'Connor
Lowell Sun
February 4, 2004
somewhere in Asia a few years back, a fruit fly passed gas and unwittingly began an inexorable string of circumstances that has now resulted in Ashton Kutcher becoming a star.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Bob Bloom
Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
February 3, 2004
The filmmakers defy audience expectations and keep suspense building by continually creating new crises for Evan to resolve.
Full Review| Original Score: 3/4
Paul Povse
State Journal-Register (Springfield, IL)
February 3, 2004
When it's all said and done, there comes a not half-bad twist. But by this time, we've endured too many reprises of canine flambé, plus Eric Stoltz as a drooling pervert.
Full Review| Original Score: .5/4
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
February 2, 2004
A good starting point for a movie that could have been even better if not for the lackluster efforts from those involved.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Michael Dequina
February 2, 2004
Consistently thoughtful and occasionally surprising--which, in the traditional January movie wasteland, is no small feat.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
February 1, 2004
This is not your typical absurd time travel fantasy film: it's much worse.
Full Review | Original Score: D
Annlee Ellingson
Boxoffice Magazine
February 1, 2004
Kutcher is perfectly serviceable in his first dramatic role after stints on TV's That '70s Show and in one-note laffers Dude, Where's My Car? and My Boss's Daughter.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Clint Morris
January 30, 2004
This year's "Back to the Future"...Very inspired, and very imaginative
Top Critic
Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
January 29, 2004
Nothing can save this repetitive bore. Dude, where's your memory?
| Original Score: 1/4
Steve Schneider
Orlando Weekly
January 29, 2004
Ashton Kutcher, you've been punk'd!
| Original Score: 2/5
Top Critic
Rex Reed
New York Observer
January 29, 2004
Not one second of this bilge makes a lick of sense.
Top Critic
Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
January 29, 2004
Kutcher is the wrong actor to anchor a psychological freak-out.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Dan Jardine
January 29, 2004
Too self-consciously silly to support the promising premise
Full Review | Original Score: 55/100
Ed Gonzalez
City Pages, Minneapolis/St. Paul
January 29, 2004
Time travel for the MTV generation.
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