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January 24, 2004

The Butterfly Effect carries no effect at all

— Posted by Rodney

Butterfly_Effect.jpgThe Reviews for The Butterfly Effect are in√¢‚Ǩ¬¶ and while they aren’t the worst I’ve seen, they’re still not pretty. I’ve been saying this for a long time: “Ashton Kutcher is not a legitimate Hollywood leading man”. I will never understand for the life of me why he gets so much media attention when he clearly can not carry a film. To date his biggest accomplishment in the entertainment world is dating Demi Moore. Hats off to him, I wish I was in his shoes!

Here’s a rundown of what the critics are saying via Yahoo Movies:

Critics Reviews Average Grade:   C
Source Brief
Review
Grade*
Atlanta
Journal-Constitution

Bob Longino
“…nobody
associated with making this movie can possibly emerge unscathed.”
more…
D+
Boston
Globe

Ty Burr
“A
film of singularly boneheaded conceits…” more…
D  
Chicago
Sun-Times

Roger Ebert
“I
enjoyed The Butterfly Effect, up to a point. That point was reached
too long before the end of the movie.” more…
C+
Chicago
Tribune

Mark Caro
“Kutcher
delivers a credibly serious performance…” more…
C+
E!
Online
“By
the end, its ridiculous wackiness will have you clutching your seat–no,
not in suspense, but to control your laughter.” more…
C-
filmcritic.com
Norm Schrager
“The
Ashton Kutcher crowd (and you know who you are) will probably love this
film.” more…
B-
New
York Post

Lou Lumenick
The
Butterfly Effect
…is so consistently silly and overwrought that it
flirts with the elusive so-bad-it’s-entertaining category.” more…
C-
New
York Times

Dave Kehr
“…staggeringly
bad.” more…
F  
ReelViews
James Berardinelli
“…a
compelling and intriguing movie…” more…
B  
San
Francisco Chronicle

Mick LaSalle
“In
its own ridiculous way, The Butterfly Effect is an entertaining movie…”
more…
C+
Seattle
Post-Intelligencer

Sean Axmaker
“The
metaphysics are fuzzy at best and just plain sloppy the rest of the time…”
more…
C-
USA
Today

Mike Clark
“…the
actor (Kutcher) is far less interesting than Effect‘s concept, which
in turn is far more interesting than witnessing its botch of an execution.”
more…
C  

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  • http://www.ashton-kutcher.net/ ILOVEASHTON!!!

    THE BUTTERFLY EFFECT WAS AN AWSOME MOOVIE… MY FAVE AT THAT IT HAS AN AWSOME STORY LINE AND I LOVED IT SOOO MUCH!!! AS I HAVE SAID BEFORE IN OTHER STORYS YOU MUST BE STUBBORN TO THING THAT THIS MOOVIE IS NOT UP TP SCRATCH!!!

    FROM AN ASHTON FAN!!! :)

  • Natasha

    The Butterfly Effect was a great movie. It did have it’s disturbing parts, but I still loved it. I don’t think the script was bad at all, and the actors that played the child versions of Evan were great! They have talent! The directors cut was…bad. I prefered the theatrical version because it flowed better. I also wondered, when Evan (Ashton) was walking down the busy street at the end of movie, if it would make any difference if he went up to talk to Kayleigh (Smart) You know invite her to have a drink or something. Kayleigh seemed to remember him but not very well…Overall the movie was great. For those of you who haven’t seen this movie and are planning to see it, watch the Theatrical version NOT the Directors Cut…:)

  • Mantiss

    Yeah, that was the director’s cut. I agree it was…disturbing.

  • Rodney

    POSSIBLE SPOILERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    I dont know if it was in the theatrical release, but let me tell you, if you are with a woman who has ANY maternal instict, or has already had a child, DONT SEE THIS MOVIE!!!

    I enjoyed the movie, but in its closing moments, there is a scene that is guaranteed to traumatize parents and give them nightmares.

    It took me 30 minutes to pry my sleeping children out of my weeping wife’s arms after viewing this film.

  • Mantiss

    I just saw the director’s cut a few days ago. I was hoping Ashton could be a leading man. I actually hoped he’d transition well. But what I saw in the movie was two expressions. Bland and whiny. Angry face=whiny face. Sad face=whiny face. Happy=bland. It didn’t make me care about him. Instead I found the plot of the moving pulling me toward all the other characters. When Ashton’s life sucked and everyone else’s was good I found myself feeling like that would be a great place to end the movie. I liked the film. I thought plot was interesting, though it didn’t flow as well as it could have. But I just didn’t get a tug in my chest when Ashton was on the screen and for all the crap he was going through, I should definately have felt more for the main character I did. Is it Kutcher’s acting? Or am I just a hollow, emotionless shell? I’ll opt for the former.

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