75

ReelViews

By James Berardinelli
The ending is weak, and may be the result of the filmmakers writing themselves into a corner and not wanting to conclude things in a burst of nihilistic excess. Yet, even though it's a cheat, it retains a degree of resonance.
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50

San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
In its own ridiculous way, The Butterfly Effect is an entertaining movie, despite mediocre acting, lackluster direction and a story that's sometimes frustrating. It has the integrity of camp, maintaining an odd earnestness in the face of its own absurdity.
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50

The Hollywood Reporter

By Kirk Honeycutt
An entertaining piece of supernatural nonsense whose sheer audacity disarms all (well, nearly all) skepticism.
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50

USA Today

By Mike Clark
Unpleasantness alone doesn't sink a movie. But miserable tidings intensify when there's not only a high ick factor but also floundering storytelling.
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42

Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
Kutcher is the wrong actor to anchor a psychological freak-out.
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38

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
Profoundly knuckleheaded.
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25

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
Nothing can save this repetitive bore. Dude, where's your memory?
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25

Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
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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25

New York Daily News

By Jack Mathews
If you approach this movie in the right frame of mind -- that is, with total contempt -- you can still enjoy it as a comedy.
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10

Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
It's a terrible life, and a terrible movie.
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30 out of 100
Generally unfavorable reviews
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