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  • Summary: Explores the extraordinary relationship between a shy young boy, Moncho (Lozano), and his incredibly compassionate teacher, Don Gregorio (Gomez), who teaches Moncho to find his way in a world that is increasingly frightening. (Miramax Films)
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  1. Positive: 18 out of 23
  2. Negative: 1 out of 23
  1. Manages the rare feat of being both bleak and deeply rewarding.
  2. Has a saccharine quality but also offers a memorable performance by famed Spanish actor Fernando Fernan Gomez.
  3. 88
    May be a bit sentimental for some, but I found its patient examination of how the forces of optimism can be overwhelmed by a wave of cruelty to be both moving and wise.
  4. Outside national borders, this naive vantage point is an entry into a country's history and culture, explaining without seeming patronizing.
  5. 75
    Butterfly doesn't require much knowledge of history to appreciate, but it really isn't suitable for very young audiences either.
  6. Delicate, quietly devastating.
  7. Reviewed by: Ernest Hardy
    20
    In the end, Butterfly is an infuriating film because it's so very contrived, so annoyingly phony.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 0 out of 3