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7.2

Generally favorable reviews- based on 6 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 6
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 6
  3. Negative: 1 out of 6
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  1. YoonMinC.
    Oct 10, 2003
    7
    The plausibly shocking ending grows out of the delicately observed relationship between an impressionable young boy and wise elderly teacher. However, the political biases built into the movie are as simpleminded as the conservative townfolks it holds in contempt.
  2. FranciscoGabrielAgreloRodríguezSpain
    Mar 15, 2003
    8
    I think it is great movie...It explores an oniric world.
  3. ArmandoS.
    Jan 16, 2005
    9
    A near masterpiece-one of the most compassionate movies i have ever seen-hearbreaking and still revelant-the director is wise to human failings in the face of adversity-a must see.
Metascore
69

Generally favorable reviews - based on 23 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 23
  2. Negative: 1 out of 23
  1. A beautiful, harrowing film of understated power and perception that affords Fernando Fernán Gómez, the Spanish cinema's great, weathered veteran, yet another of his unforgettable performances.
  2. Reviewed by: Ernest Hardy
    20
    In the end, Butterfly is an infuriating film because it's so very contrived, so annoyingly phony.
  3. 50
    Though beautifully photographed, acted and written (the three source stories are skillfully blended into a single narrative), this leisurely, bittersweet look at a child's loss of innocence ends rather abruptly and inconclusively.