• The Butterfly Effect (2004)

The Butterfly Effect

Release Date: January 23rd, 2004

DVD Release Date: July 6th, 2004

R |1 hr 53 min

Plot Summary

College student Evan Treborn (Ashton Kutcher) is afflicted with headaches so painful that he frequently blacks out. While unconscious, Evan is able to travel back in time to difficult moments in his childhood. He can also alter the past for friends, like Kayleigh (Amy Smart), who was molested by her father (Eric Stoltz). But changing the past can drastically alter the present, and Evan finds himself in nightmarish alternate realities, including one where he's locked away in prison.

Cast: Ashton Kutcher, Amy Smart, Eric Stoltz, William Lee Scott, Elden Henson, Logan Lerman, Irene Gorovaia, Jesse James

Director: Eric Bress , J. Mackye Gruber

Genres: Thriller

Production Co: Blackout Entertainment, Benderspink, Katalyst Films, Film Engine

Distributors: New Line Cinema

Keywords: Sacrifice, Daughter, Revenge, Dark, Relationships, 1990s, Friend, Offbeat, Prison, Temptation, Mystery, 2000s, 1980s, Melodramatic, Creative

Ratings & Reviews

  • 10
    Joe MorgensternWall Street Journal

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

  • 75
    James BerardinelliReelViews

    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. show more

  • 50
    Kirk HoneycuttThe Hollywood Reporter

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

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