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The Butterfly Effect

drama, sci-fi & fantasy


Some people want to forget the past. Others want to change it.

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

  • Critic Score
    33%
  • Audience Score
    81%

common sense

NOT FOR KIDS 0
Consumerism
0 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
5 out of 5
Language
5 out of 5
Positive messages
0 out of 5
Sex
5 out of 5
Violence
5 out of 5

Ouch. Ouch. Ouch. So very bad.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that this movie has extreme graphic violence. Characters are severely wounded and killed, including children. A character commits suicide and an animal is tortured and killed. Children are also molested (off-camera) and there are references to prison rape. The movie includes nudity and very explicit sexual references and situations, including bondage gear, prostitution, and references to multiple orgasms. Characters smoke (including children), drink, and use drugs (bong shown, character is an addict, cocaine mentioned). Characters use very strong language, including hate speech.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about moments when they could have made a different choice and how that would have affected the lives of others around them.

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

Top Critic Reviews

Rotten: Sloppily conceived and clunkily paced, the movie goes from improbable to preposterous within its first few minutes; over the next two hours the filmmakers never miss a chance for some gratuitous piece of sadism, sexuality or sleaze.

- Ann Hornaday, Washington Post, Friday, January 23, 2004

Rotten: It's one of the most unpleasant Hollywood films in some time.

- Charles Taylor, Salon.com, Saturday, January 24, 2004

Rotten: More like "The Gag Reflex."

- Christopher Smith, Bangor Daily News (Maine), Thursday, June 24, 2010

Audience Reviews

4 stars

I am reviewing the directors cut because I have not seen the original. I loved this movie. I'm suprised by the bad reviews. Maybe the movie sucks and I don't see any of the problems. In my opinion this is a great movie and I really loved the end. Grade: A-

- bbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbb1, Sunday, November 7, 2010

4 stars

I thought that The Butterfly Effect was a thrilling, creepy thriller. The cast did a great job considering that Ashton Kutcher and Amy Smart give pretty good performances. A tense, thrilling film, The Butterfly Effect will keep you on the edge of your seat from start to finish. The film is superb in it's style and is both creepy and suspenseful. Some parts are sad and dramatic. The film is very original, and I enjoyed every moment of it. It's a terrific thriller and it also has a few elements of horror thrown in as well. The film succeeds at entertaining you, and considering the cast, its a great film to watch. The Butterfly Effect plays out heavily like a surreal nightmare, and it works very well. Even with actors such as Ashton Kutcher and Amy Smart, this film is very original and doesn't slow down on the tension. A superb film.

- TheDudeLebowski65, Thursday, June 10, 2010

3 stars

Ashton Kutcher's character blocks out painful memories of his childhood and develops supernatural powers that can enable him to go back to his past to try to fix things. However he seems to make things worse for everyone he cares about.

- thmtsang, Thursday, April 22, 2010