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Chaos Theory Reviews

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Stephen Garrett
Time Out
November 17, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
April 4, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Dennis Harvey
Variety
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
Newsday
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.
| Original Score: 2/4
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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
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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.
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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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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
April 11, 2008
Oh, Ryan Reynolds. We like you. We want to see you succeed. And yet you keep making the wrong choices.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
April 11, 2008
It's genial enough, but it should be called My First Mid-Life Crisis Movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Laura Kern
New York Times
April 11, 2008
A predictable romantic dramedy that isn't particularly tender, moving or amusing, Chaos Theory suffers first and foremost from featuring the least engaging couple to headline a movie in some time.
| Original Score: 1.5/5
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Jim Emerson
Chicago Sun-Times
April 11, 2008
Dramatically it's neither fish nor fowl, so you can't quite tell if the sandwich is tuna salad or chicken salad.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Amy Nicholson
Los Angeles CityBeat
April 11, 2008
Despite its polemic simplicity, Daniel Taplitz's slight parable is charming
| Original Score: B+
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Ruthe Stein
San Francisco Chronicle
April 11, 2008
Sometimes, Hollywood producers are too myopic to recognize a winner even when they made it.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
April 11, 2008
Reynolds is more than likable in the lead.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
April 10, 2008
No doubt there's a minute audience who wants to walk out of a Ryan Reynolds movie contemplating the vagaries of life. The rest of us would have settled for a few more laughs.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
April 10, 2008
Chaos Theory shows just how crucial casting can be to a movie, especially something as sensitive to nuance, idiosyncrasy and timing as a romantic comedy.
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Scott Tobias
AV Club
April 10, 2008
Of the many facile ironies at play in Chaos Theory, the title may be the biggest: How can a movie so stuffed with writerly contrivances call itself Chaos Theory?
| Original Score: C-
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
April 10, 2008
The performances and Marcos Siega's direction put a pleasing sheen on the material.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Nick Pinkerton
Village Voice
April 8, 2008
Reynolds, called to 180 from anal nebbish to feral beast, is beautifully committed, but he gets no help on the other side of the camera.
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Michael Rechtshaffen
Hollywood Reporter
April 7, 2008
The premise is intriguing, but this intended satire never finds a convincing comedic footing.
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
April 3, 2008
A bogus and unconvincing narrative that pretends to deal with real human issues like betrayal and paternity.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
March 13, 2008
The funny bits are kind of funny. But the dramatic developments, in particular the one that drives the bulk of the story, are far less successful.
| Original Score: 2.5/5