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The Butterfly Effect Review

Other Critics provided by Metacritic.com

Critics scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.

  • 2.0
    30

    out of 100

    Metascore®
    Generally unfavorable reviews
    based on a weighted average of all
    critic review scores.

  • 10

    out of 100

    Wall Street Journal Joe Morgenstern

    It's a terrible life, and a terrible movie.

  • 42

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Owen Gleiberman

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

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  • 50

    out of 100

    USA Today Mike Clark

    Unpleasantness alone doesn't sink a movie. But miserable tidings intensify when there's not only a high ick factor but also floundering storytelling.

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  • 50

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Kirk Honeycutt

    An entertaining piece of supernatural nonsense whose sheer audacity disarms all (well, nearly all) skepticism.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    ReelViews James Berardinelli

    The ending is weak, and may be the result of the filmmakers writing themselves into a corner and not wanting to conclude things in a burst of nihilistic excess. Yet, even though it's a cheat, it retains a degree of resonance.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Not for kids

Ouch. Ouch. Ouch. So very bad.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this movie has extreme graphic violence. Characters are severely wounded and killed, including children. A character commits suicide and an animal is tortured and killed. Children are also molested (off-camera) and there are references to prison rape. The movie includes nudity and very explicit sexual references and situations, including bondage gear, prostitution, and references to multiple orgasms. Characters smoke (including children), drink, and use drugs (bong shown, character is an addict, cocaine mentioned). Characters use very strong language, including hate speech.

  • Families can talk about moments when they could have made a different choice and how that would have affected the lives of others around them.

The good stuff
  • message true0

    Messages: Not applicable

What to watch for
  • violence false5

    Violence: Graphic violence, characters severely wounded and killed, suicide, animal torture, child molestation Characters are severely wounded and killed, including children. A character commits suicide and an animal is tortured and killed. Children are also moles

  • sex false5

    Sex: Nudity, explicit and graphic sexual references and situations including child molestation, prison rape

  • language false5

    Language: Very strong language including hate speech

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Not applicable

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false5

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: A lot of smoking, drinking, drug use

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