The Butterfly Effect
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Final Destination 2 screenwriters Eric Bress and J. Mackye Gruber make their directorial debut with the sci-fi thriller The Butterfly Effect. Evan Treborn (Ashton Kutcher with facial hair) wants to free himself from his disturbing childhood memories. As a kid, he often blacked out for long periods of time and tried to detail his life in a journal. As a young adult, he revisits the journal entries to figure out the truth about his troubled childhood friends Kayleigh (Amy Smart), Lenny (Elden Henson), and Tommy (William Lee Scott). When he discovers he can travel back in time in order to set… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 33%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Nothing can save this repetitive bore. Dude, where's your memory?"
‑ Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
"It's as if [Kutcher] decided that he would prove himself as a dramatic actor by trying out every clichéd serious role in the history of cinema."
‑ Michael Agger, Slate
"Ouch. Ouch. Ouch. So very bad."
‑ Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
"More like "The Gag Reflex.""
‑ Christopher Smith, Bangor Daily News (Maine)
"Despite a fairly upbeat ending, the ugly images dominate the film with the time/reality plot a bloody nose afterthought."
‑ Steve Crum, Kansas City Kansan
"Not one second of this bilge makes a lick of sense."
‑ Rex Reed, New York Observer
"It's one of the most unpleasant Hollywood films in some time."
‑ Charles Taylor,
"It's a pretty dumb and utterly pretentious jumbled drama that is never sure what it's trying to say, or what in fact it means."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"this is exactly the sort of movie I like to see."
‑ Luke Y. Thompson,
"Cool theories...don't necessarily guarantee good stories...[even if Ashton Kutcher] is repeatedly punk'd by the space-time continuum."
‑ Thomas Peyser, Style Weekly (Richmond, VA)
"Kutcher is the wrong actor to anchor a psychological freak-out."
‑ Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly
"A flawed but serviceable thriller."
‑ Michael O'Sullivan, Washington Post
"Tries hard to be affecting and mind-blowing, and sometimes it comes close."
‑ Rob Gonsalves,
"Assez bien dans l'ensemble, mais la fascinante prémise n'est jamais vraiment exploité à sa hauteur."
‑ Louis-Jérôme Cloutier, Panorama
"Walks a super-thin line between horrific believability and hilarious unbelievability."
‑ Jeffrey Chen, Window to the Movies
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