Chaos Theory Reviews

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David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
May 21, 2009
...peters out in a fairly substantial way as it approaches its woefully melodramatic finale...
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Dennis Harvey
October 18, 2008
The lead performers, the brighter fillips in Daniel Taplitz's screenplay and Marcos Siega's assured direction make this a pleasing item overall.
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John Anderson
October 18, 2008
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 | Original Score: 2/4
Heather Huntington
September 8, 2008
"No amount of CPR can bring this dead fish of a movie back to life."
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
Mike McGranaghan
Aisle Seat
June 17, 2008
The cast is good and the themes are compelling, but the execution is a bit of a mess.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Richard Knight
Windy City Times
May 22, 2008
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?
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Gregory Kirschling
Entertainment Weekly
April 24, 2008
Chaos Theory peddles the usual carpe diem movie bunk.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Armond White
New York Press
April 16, 2008
Chaos Theory, starring Ryan Reynolds, confirms the underground vision of screenwriter Daniel Taplitz, who has re-imagined the screwball comedy in original terms.
Ron Wilkinson
Monsters and Critics
April 14, 2008
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
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
April 14, 2008
As imperfect as it is, Chaos Theory is much better than most of Hollywood's output this year.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
April 14, 2008
Chaos Theory lives up, or maybe down, to its title, as it's all over the place.
Katey Rich
Film Journal International
April 14, 2008
Chaos may make for an interesting life experience, but onscreen it results in a messy and unfulfilling movie.
Peter Sobczynski
April 14, 2008
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 | Original Score: 1/5
Tony Medley
April 12, 2008
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 | Original Score: 10/10
Brian Tallerico
The Deadbolt
April 11, 2008
Reynolds and Mortimer won't be fazed by this misfire but Chaos Theory certainly lives up to its title. It's a mess.
Ken Fox
TV Guide's Movie Guide
April 11, 2008
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 | Original Score: 2/4
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Philip Marchand
Toronto Star
April 11, 2008
Reynolds goes through his emotional paces with conviction and is developing a trademark wounded look that is quite effective.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
April 11, 2008
It's swift and watchable enough, and the actors keep things interesting, but ultimately the movie falls short.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Andrea Gronvall
Chicago Reader
April 11, 2008
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.
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
April 11, 2008
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 | Original Score: 1/4
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