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The Butterfly Effect Reviews

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Josh Bell
Las Vegas Weekly
January 22, 2004
Unfortunately, Kutcher has yet to make Ashton Kutcher Dates Demi Moore: The Movie, so his endless Us Weekly coverage hasn't translated into quality filmmaking.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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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.
| Original Score: 1/5
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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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Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
January 22, 2004
Overwritten, overplotted, overacted, risibly incomprehensible.
Nell Minow
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
January 22, 2004
If I could go back in time, I'd try to talk myself out of deciding to watch this movie.
| Original Score: D
Nell Minow
Common Sense Media
December 28, 2010
Ouch. Ouch. Ouch. So very bad.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
David Foucher
EDGE Boston
January 22, 2004
"The Butterfly Effect" tries to prove that small actions have big effects... but it really proves that January movies tend to suck.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
January 22, 2004
Gruber and Bress up the nastiness ante without connecting any of it to their central idea, and the result is a slasher flick that thinks it's art.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
Chris Barsanti
Slant Magazine
January 23, 2004
The writing/directing duo behind the overly-gory but occasionally clever Final Destination 2 take their material entirely too seriously this time around.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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
Eric D. Snider
EricDSnider.com
January 24, 2004
While it nimbly walks the line between absurdity and suspense for a while, it is Kutcher's hammy, amateurish (hammateurish?) performance that finally knocks it over the edge.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Jeff Otto
IGN Movies
January 22, 2004
With better direction and a better-suited leading man, this really could have worked.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Rob Vaux
Flipside Movie Emporium
January 23, 2004
There is a difference between the thrilling and the merely cruel. The Butterfly Effect fails because it can't make that distinction.
Full Review | Original Score: D
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Manohla Dargis
Los Angeles Times
January 22, 2004
Maladroit exploitation flick.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Brian Orndorf
FilmJerk.com
January 27, 2004
Full Review | Original Score: D-
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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
Frank Ochieng
Movie Eye
January 28, 2004
...a cockeyed and pseudo-driven theatrics showcase that squanders its suspenseful intent...a disturbing yet disjointed ball of a metaphysical mess
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
April 29, 2009
It's a pretty dumb and utterly pretentious jumbled drama that is never sure what it's trying to say, or what in fact it means.
Thomas Peyser
Style Weekly (Richmond, VA)
September 24, 2004
Cool theories...don't necessarily guarantee good stories...[even if Ashton Kutcher] is repeatedly punk'd by the space-time continuum.
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
January 23, 2004
When the risks pay off, they do with such power that viewers who want to admire the film are left in agony by the foolhardy risks that never should have been taken.
Full Review| Original Score: 2/4
Jonathan W. Hickman
Entertainment Insiders
January 23, 2004
James O'Ehley
Sci-Fi Movie Page
April 1, 2004
Janet Smith
Georgia Straight
August 21, 2004
Edith Alderette
San Francisco Examiner
April 9, 2004
Shaun Usher
Daily Mail (UK)
April 17, 2004
Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile
October 18, 2008
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Chicago Reader
January 10, 2004

Boston Phoenix
January 24, 2004

ComingSoon.net
February 7, 2004

The Straits Times (Singapore)
July 11, 2004
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Houston Chronicle
July 21, 2005
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Time Out
February 9, 2006
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