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The Butterfly Effect

drama, sci-fi & fantasy

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

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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,, 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