|Miramax Films | Release Date: June 16, 2000||CRITIC SCORE DISTRIBUTION|
Manages the rare feat of being both bleak and deeply rewarding.
A movie of unforced nobility and quiet pleasures, Butterfly works on all sorts of levels.
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.
Butterfly doesn't require much knowledge of history to appreciate, but it really isn't suitable for very young audiences either.
An exploration of how fear and mob rule can poison even the purest of souls.
The story is a pleasant one despite its pointed righteousness.
The film isn't terrible, it's just trying too hard.
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