Chaos Theory
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After living his life with clockwork precision, a man throws any and all caution to the wind in this freewheeling comedy drama. Frank Allen (Ryan Reynolds) is a successful motivational speaker and author whose book "The Five-Minute Efficiency Trainer" advises readers that strict organization and avoiding impulsive behavior is the key to success. Frank is married to Susan (Emily Mortimer), who has been his sweetheart since college, but while he's happy, she's beginning to have second thoughts -- she chose to be with Frank rather than his best friend, Buddy (Stuart Townsend),… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 30%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The lead performers, the brighter fillips in Daniel Taplitz's screenplay and Marcos Siega's assured direction make this a pleasing item overall."
‑ Dennis Harvey, Variety
"Chaos Theory lives up, or maybe down, to its title, as it's all over the place."
‑ Richard Roeper, Ebert & Roeper
"...peters out in a fairly substantial way as it approaches its woefully melodramatic finale..."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"The movie lives up to its title. How else to explain the random switch from such a dizzy set up with such promise to a typical, by the numbers relationship drama?"
‑ Richard Knight, Windy City Times
"As imperfect as it is, Chaos Theory is much better than most of Hollywood's output this year."
‑ Jeffrey Westhoff, Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
"If actor Ryan Reynolds isn't careful, he's going to parlay his good looks and engaging presence into a full-time job as a game-show host."
‑ John Anderson, Newsday
"Reynolds goes through his emotional paces with conviction and is developing a trademark wounded look that is quite effective."
‑ Philip Marchand, Toronto Star
""No amount of CPR can bring this dead fish of a movie back to life.""
‑ Heather Huntington,
"Chaos Theory, starring Ryan Reynolds, confirms the underground vision of screenwriter Daniel Taplitz, who has re-imagined the screwball comedy in original terms."
‑ Armond White, New York Press
"Chaos may make for an interesting life experience, but onscreen it results in a messy and unfulfilling movie."
‑ Katey Rich, Film Journal International
"Chaos Theory peddles the usual carpe diem movie bunk."
‑ Gregory Kirschling, Entertainment Weekly
"It's swift and watchable enough, and the actors keep things interesting, but ultimately the movie falls short."
‑ Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times
"The cast is good and the themes are compelling, but the execution is a bit of a mess."
‑ Mike McGranaghan, Aisle Seat
"Upbeat rom-com grounded in solid work by Ryan Reynolds and Emily Mortimer tells a meaningful story while still staying in-bounds with the PG-13 rating. Unusual Western Canada seacoast photography and upbeat soundtrack make for an entertaining film."
‑ Ron Wilkinson, Monsters and Critics
"The only ending that I can think of that these characters deserve would be to have the guys from Funny Games arrive at the cabin to inquire about the availability of some eggs."
‑ Peter Sobczynski,
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