Geffen Pictures | Release Date: October 1, 1993 CRITIC SCORE DISTRIBUTION
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Mixed or average reviews based on 19 Critics
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The exceptional story of a low-level diplomat who had a 20-year affair with a man he thought was a woman, is, in Cronenberg's hands, turned into a beguiling masterpiece on the question of self-deception. [01 Oct 1993]
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The film is a methodical and loving examination of two people constructing a fantasy for themselves. [08 Oct 1993]
63
M. Butterfly, David Cronenberg's visually stunning but oddly cold and sparkless adaptation of the much-prized David Henry Hwang play. [08 Oct 1993]
50
Cronenberg's direction is technically impressive, but he's better suited to stories based on surges of feeling between killers, not lovers. This M. Butterfly never takes wing. [08 Oct 1993]
50
One hesitates to call David Cronenberg's movie of David Henry Hwang's Tony-winning play conventional or tame, but certainly it is zestless given a filmmaker whose last three outings have been "The Fly," "Dead Ringers" and "Naked Lunch." [01 Oct 1993]
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David Cronenberg's film version of David Henry Hwang's Tony Award-winning play, is no more successful in solving it than any other versions of this fantastic tale have been.... "The Crying Game" it's not. [09 Oct 1993]
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Unlike "Crying Game" (which, despite the gender confusion, definitely works as a love story for a general audience), the only emotion this movie evokes for its star-crossed lovers is an unpleasant sense of incredulity. [08 Oct 1993]
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After sitting through M. Butterfly, you'll wonder why they even bothered to try. [01 Oct 1993]
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Portland OregonianKristi Turnquist
Director David Cronenberg has made a movie about a man who apparently needs to get his eyes checked. [08 Oct 1993]