Butterfly: Miniseries Reviews

January 30, 2019
Powerful, complex, mature drama dives into gender identity.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
January 22, 2019
But the serial also spends so much time on Vicky and Stephen's precious feelings that Maxine could have instead been diagnosed with childhood cancer and this alternate McGuffin would probably have had the same functional impact on the narrative.
January 21, 2019
Butterfly explores an issue that parents all over the world are confronting. Even if it's a bit dark and heavy-handed, it will be interesting to see Max turn fully into Maxine and how his family handles it.
January 18, 2019
It's a thoughtful, nuanced family drama from playwright Tony Marchant that avoids easy answers.
January 16, 2019
[A] thought-provoking, emotionally realistic issue drama on the subject of gender identity in young people - well, really, just one particular young person, 12-year-old Max Duffy from Manchester, who would like to be known as Maxine.
January 9, 2019
The most distinctive of the newcomers deal with youth-centric stories, albeit in decidedly different ways...Easily more interesting -- and certainly more emotionally engaging -- is Butterfly.
October 23, 2018
It's only a three-parter, sadly, but every episode is sure to sing, baffle and enthral.
October 22, 2018
As a piece of drama I find it sensitive and moving. And a glimpse into a world of suffering that most of us, mercifully, will never know.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
October 22, 2018
Tony Marchant's drama set out its stall without fuss. We saw that far from being a phase, Max had been feeling this way for a long time.
October 19, 2018
What did I like? Most of it. As a good friend put it the day after, one of the best things was how Butterfly contextualised and simplified in a way that abstract "debate" and inquiry does not.
October 16, 2018
It is a wonderfully delicate drama that covers new ground carefully and features fully realised characters at war with their instincts, intellects and worse or better natures.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
October 16, 2018
This drama is about to push its neck out a whole lot farther, and become a whole lot more tricky.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
October 16, 2018
Aside from the odd stylistic flourish (bold, primary-coloured palette, dreamy, synth-washed soundtrack from the duo who scored Stranger Things), this was a very ITV approach - which might normally sound like a criticism, but not here.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
October 16, 2018
Fine as all the performances are, including a turn by Alison Steadman as a granny who disapproves of "Maxine's funny ways", the most compelling presence throughout is Maxine, played by Callum Booth-Ford.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5