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 one of the most unpleasant Hollywood films in some time."
‑ Charles Taylor,
"Ouch. Ouch. Ouch. So very bad."
‑ Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
"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)
"Not one second of this bilge makes a lick of sense."
‑ Rex Reed, New York Observer
"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
"Kutcher is the wrong actor to anchor a psychological freak-out."
‑ Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly
"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
"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
"One of the most thoughtful films of 2004."
‑ Forrest Hartman, Reno Gazette-Journal
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