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Donnie Darko Reviews

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R. L. Shaffer

An incredibly fascinating, star-making film that never fails to intrigue.

Full Review Source: IGN DVD | Original Score: 9/10

January 29, 2012
James Plath
Movie Metropolis

Donnie Darko is a bit like a teenager: brooding, complex, rebellious, and difficult to comprehend.

Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis | Original Score: 8/10

December 29, 2011
Nick Schager
Lessons of Darkness

Defines itself through sustained mood, otherworldly intrigue and deep, abiding humanism.

Full Review Source: Lessons of Darkness | Original Score: A-

June 20, 2011
Jason Best
Movie Talk

A decidedly weird time-travel drama that puzzled viewers so much that many went back to see it again and again... Unfortunately, Kelly's extended version diminishes the film's impact.

Full Review Source: Movie Talk

March 10, 2011
Nick Rogers

Maybe Richard Kelly's fate is to be the cult-film circuit's Michael Cimino. He has yet to match the mood or magnitude of his debut - a collision of time-travel sci-fi, commentary on '80s malaise and teen angst that's simultaneously witty and poignant.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 4/4

September 25, 2010
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed

A brilliant and truly incredible piece of art that deserves to be watched...

Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed

April 29, 2009
Nick Davis
Nick's Flick Picks

The film...asks the question: what if the universe as we live it, not just as we theorize it, really isn't as we imagine it? In making the mundane as bottomless as the cosmic, Donnie Darko has the guts to remain a riddle itself.

Full Review Source: Nick's Flick Picks | Original Score: A-

August 4, 2007
Rob Gonsalves

The drowsy surrealism and elaborate inconclusiveness of Donnie Darko will simultaneously guarantee it a rabid cult and put it way off limits to the don't-get-its.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 5/5

July 30, 2007
Moira Sullivan
Movie Magazine International

The directors cut of Donnie Darko by Richard Kelly was screened at the Venice Film Festivals a couple of years ago, a film I missed for sure when it was released in 2001 and one of those pearls like Blade Runner that just is haunting screening after scree

Full Review Source: Movie Magazine International | Original Score: A

July 22, 2007
Lisa Alspector
Chicago Reader
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Kelly is a supple and courageous storyteller, boldly free-associating as he mixes parody and satire with earnest psychodrama and coming up with plot points no one could anticipate.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

June 8, 2007
Todd McCarthy
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Donnie Darko has plenty of problems. But most stem from a young filmmaker overswinging on his first time up to the plate and hitting a deep fly out rather than a home run.

Full Review Source: Variety

June 8, 2007
Beth Accomando

Kelly captures, better than any film in recent memory other than Election, what it feels like to be in high school.

March 30, 2007
Emanuel Levy

In its metaphysical concerns and challenging notions about personal and social responsibility, the film aims much higher than most American youth pictures.

Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com | Original Score: B+

June 13, 2006
Mark Bourne

Donnie Darko's flaws, though, are those of a young, talented filmmaker reaching beyond his current grasp. That's a more forgivable sin than soulless excess or hubris-fueled incompetence.

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April 6, 2006
Chris Gore
Film Threat

You either love it or hate it. For those who loved it, I have only one word: overrated.c

Full Review Source: Film Threat | Original Score: 2/5

December 6, 2005
Rumsey Taylor
Not Coming to a Theater Near You

A faithfully rendered head trip.

Full Review Source: Not Coming to a Theater Near You

February 15, 2005
Jeffrey Overstreet
Looking Closer

One of the most remarkable films of 2001, and it deserves a much larger audience than it has so far gained.

| Original Score: A-

January 15, 2005
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

Donnie Darko ranks among Gattaca, Pi and Dark City for pure imagination -- and surpasses them for astonishing execution.

Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid | Original Score: 5/5

July 30, 2004
Todd Gilchrist

The original was a movie for all those castaways who believe in unexplained phenomenon; the new version reads like a handbook on how to pick up women.

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July 26, 2004
Brett Buckalew

The big screen, in any shape or form, is the ideal way to experience Donnie Darko, and so a re-release like this is a rare and welcome gift.

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July 26, 2004
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