Mixed or average reviews - based on 19 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 19
  2. Negative: 5 out of 19
  1. After sitting through M. Butterfly, you'll wonder why they even bothered to try. [01 Oct 1993]
  2. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    This butterfly just doesn't fly. Icy, surprisingly conventional and never truly convincing.
  3. 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]
  4. 30
    The fundamental problems with David Cronenberg's disastrous 1993 adaptation, written by Hwang himself, are twofold: the unsuitability of such a premise for film, where the actors and audience no longer share the same space, and the miscasting of Jeremy Irons as the accountant and John Lone as the diva.
  5. Reviewed by: Kristi Turnquist
    Director David Cronenberg has made a movie about a man who apparently needs to get his eyes checked. [08 Oct 1993]

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