M. Butterfly
M. Butterfly (1993)

David Henry Hwang adapted his Tony Award-winning play for this fact-based drama about a French diplomat who enters into a torrid love affair with a star of the Chinese opera. What he doesn't realize, however, is that his beloved is a… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: October 1, 1993
DVD Release Date: May 18, 2006
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Critic Score: 42% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Paul Brenner

When John Lone parades around in mascara and speaks in an asexual monotone, the film audience discovers itself staring at John Lone's whiskers underneath his makeup

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

There's a lot to chew on in this incredible love story turned into a grisly horror story.

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Matt Bailey
Not Coming to a Theater Near You

M. Butterfly is Cronenberg's least-known and most underrated work, far superior to his great cult hit, Scanners.

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Emanuel Levy

One of Cronenberg's most problematic and most disappointing films, largely due to the source material.

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Nick Davis
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A rare mis-step for director Cronenberg, neutering a challenging play with a bizarrely conservative filming approach.

Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central

Imperfect, interesting.

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Rob Gonsalves

Cronenberg no longer needs slimy parasites or exploding heads; the human heart's ability to fool itself is frightening and bizarre enough.

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Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Downright peculiar film from Cronenberg. Far from his best, but better than its reputation.

Chris Hicks
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

Cronenberg and Hwang seem to have conspired to dull the material at every turn.

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Flixster Audience Score: 67% Flixster User Reviews
Tim Salmons
Strange film, even for Cronenberg.
Tobias Ximénez
David Cronenberg's most bland and disappointing work. Ironic, seeing how the source material is so interesting.
Elvira B
David Cronenberg's strength is bringing out the humanity of the oddest characters in the oddest situations. Perhaps the well-known story of M Butterfly was… More
Daisy Maduro
One of David Cronenburg's best,M.Butterfly, is based on a true story. John Lone is awesome as madame butterfly and Jeremy Irons is in his usual cold,… More
Walter M.
In "M Butterfly," Rene Gallimard(Jeremy Irons) is a minor official at the French embassy in Beijing in 1964. As such, he is tired of the tedious… More
Leo L
A personal favorite.