The Butterfly Effect
The Butterfly Effect (2004)

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… More

Rated: R
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Release Date: January 23, 2004
DVD Release Date: July 20, 2007
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Critic Score: 33% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: The premise is intriguing, but it's placed in the service of an overwrought and tasteless thriller.

Peter Travers
Rolling Stone

Nothing can save this repetitive bore. Dude, where's your memory?

Michael Agger

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.

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David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews above-average time travel picture that ultimately utilizes (and exploits) its out-there premise quite nicely.

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Rex Reed
New York Observer

Not one second of this bilge makes a lick of sense.

Charles Taylor

It's one of the most unpleasant Hollywood films in some time.

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Kevin Carr
Fat Guys at the Movies

The movie tries to be too visceral, and it just comes out as being repugnant

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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly

Kutcher is the wrong actor to anchor a psychological freak-out.

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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post

A flawed but serviceable thriller.

Nell Minow
Common Sense Media

Ouch. Ouch. Ouch. So very bad.

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A boy suffering from memory lapses is diagnosed with a hereditary mental illness but later in life learns he is capable of revisiting previous moments in his… More
Kevin M. Williams
Built on one laughable implausibility after another this is a dark work that begs the recycle container ... but go along with what's unbelievable for a… More
Letitia Lew
Intense. The multiple stories were legitimately interesting but I couldn't take Ashton Kutcher seriously. Fortunately, I was watching this movie in good… More
Greg S
A college student discovers he can go back in time and alter past events, but every change he makes brings about tragic unintended consequences in the new… More
Albert Kim
Entertaining, but that's about it. Unmemorable. With a thriller and a premise like this, it should've been more memorable