The Butterfly (Le papillon) - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

The Butterfly (Le papillon) Reviews

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January 15, 2004
Just once, I'd like to see a foreign film about a cranky old person and an adorable tyke who don't become pals and change each other's lives.
Read More | Original Score: 1/4
December 18, 2003
It's all very sweet and occasionally touching. More lasting shots of more beautiful butterflies would have added a lot, though.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
January 2, 2004
Depending on your perspective, this French family drama will either feel sweetly sentimental or shamelessly manipulative.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
September 24, 2004
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
December 11, 2003
A fine French film about a cross-generational friendship between a cranky entomologist and a lonely little girl yearning for some attention.
April 9, 2004
Although well acted with a strong sense of naturalism, the film is as light and ephemeral as the [butterfly] itself.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.50/5
June 4, 2004
Quiet yet wonderfully curious, bold but not bratty, this moon-faced little girl captures the subconsciously tarnished innocence of a child accustomed to having the blues...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
December 18, 2003
Its combination of psychological insight and emotional restraint helps it transcend sentimentality.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
March 22, 2004
Apparently, I can appreciate a good natured movie in which a sweet attachment and fluttering butterflies pervade the landscape.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
September 22, 2004
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
December 7, 2007
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
December 19, 2003
Beautiful scenery and a strong cast help director Philippe Muyl overcome a less-then-compelling script.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
December 19, 2003
Sure to please children and adults.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
June 4, 2004
The film has a sweetness that stops short of sentimentality.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
December 23, 2003
Michel Serrault's typically expert performance and writer-director Philippe Muyl's ability to avoid the usual cliches in his execution of the tale give The Butterfly an undeniable appeal.
March 18, 2004
If there's anyone to credit for The Butterfly's eventual triumph over the inherent fatuousness of the material, it's the great Serrault and his tiny leading lady, who matches her elder nearly line for line and look for look.
March 18, 2004
An exceptionally satisfying film of much grace and beauty.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
March 26, 2004
The story is as predictable as a hot summer in South Florida, but if you're in need of comfort, Le Papillon is a good choice.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
August 8, 2004
A delicately etched little character study.
September 22, 2004
The unyielding lens catches even the smallest moments of yielding as the two humans, one so young and one so old, one so eager and one so broken, come to appreciate each other.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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