The Butterfly Effect Reviews

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April 13, 2004
Lobotomised entertainment that's dark, violent, and hilariously dumb.
January 29, 2004
Nothing can save this repetitive bore. Dude, where's your memory?
Top Critic
January 29, 2004
Not one second of this bilge makes a lick of sense.
January 29, 2004
Kutcher is the wrong actor to anchor a psychological freak-out.
January 27, 2004
It's as if [Kutcher] decided that he would prove himself as a dramatic actor by trying out every clichd serious role in the history of cinema.
January 24, 2004
January 24, 2004
It's one of the most unpleasant Hollywood films in some time.
January 23, 2004
A flawed but serviceable thriller.
January 23, 2004
Sloppily conceived and clunkily paced, the movie goes from improbable to preposterous within its first few minutes; over the next two hours the filmmakers never miss a chance for some gratuitous piece of sadism, sexuality or sleaze.
January 23, 2004
A grim and gruesome sci-fi thriller that labours to demonstrate [Kutcher's] range as a dramatic actor.
January 23, 2004
Ultimately just feels like a mess, screeching back and forth in time, dragging its actors from one miserable scene to another.
January 23, 2004
It's trash, and yet there will always be a place for this kind of trash at the movies.
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.
January 23, 2004
The twists and tendrils don't withstand close or even not-so-close scrutiny.
January 23, 2004
Better than you might expect despite its awkward, slow beginning, drawing you in gradually and paying off in surprisingly effective and bittersweet ways.
January 23, 2004
What if on my way to the screening, something had intervened -- a runaway bus, a lightning bolt -- to prevent me from ever seeing this movie. How would my life have changed? Would I have become a happier, a kinder, a less bitter and disappointed man?
January 23, 2004
Chalk this up as another misfire in Kutcher's big-screen career.
January 23, 2004
A dopey script personified by Kutcher's dopey, immutable hair style morphs Rashomon into Dude, Where's My Karma?
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.
January 23, 2004
A film of singularly boneheaded conceits, Butterfly is populated by, and appears to have been made by, stoned college dudes more hung up on oh-wow twists than the need to make sense.
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