Donnie Darko Reviews

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Leighton Walter Kille
Boston Globe
November 24, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
August 14, 2007
| Original Score: 3/4
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Lisa Alspector
Chicago Reader
June 8, 2007
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.
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Todd McCarthy
Variety
June 8, 2007
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.
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Loren King
Boston Globe
January 25, 2002
Shows plenty of promise, but it's somewhat self-involved and won't appeal to audiences who like a straightforward -- even if fantastical -- narrative.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
November 6, 2001
Excitingly original indie vision.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
October 31, 2001
A stunning technical accomplishment that virtually bursts with noise, ideas and references.
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Melanie McFarland
Seattle Times
October 26, 2001
First-time director-writer Richard Kelly draws on a number of intriguing elements ... without including a single, crucial gem that pulls everything together.
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Bob Graham
San Francisco Chronicle
October 26, 2001
If this movie ever figured out what it wanted to be when it grows up, it would be a terrific one.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Michael Atkinson
Mr. Showbiz
October 26, 2001
A captivating dark vision.
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
October 26, 2001
An engaging, time-tripping Holden Caulfield.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
October 26, 2001
This set-up and development is fascinating, the payoff less so.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
October 25, 2001
It flutters, like a mischievous butterfly, above the despairing hands of easy description.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Elvis Mitchell
New York Times
October 25, 2001
Kelly is unable to give the movie the kind of pacing that would make us laugh and shock us simultaneously, because he's too infatuated with an aura of hand-me-down gloom.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News
October 25, 2001
Donnie Darko may be too ambitious for a debut feature, but ambition and imagination still trump mediocrity any day of the week.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
October 25, 2001
Just another self-absorbed teen chronicle, with the added twist of a little time travel and a surprise ending.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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J. Hoberman
Village Voice
October 23, 2001
A wondrous, moodily self-involved piece of work that employs X-Files magic realism to galvanize what might have been a routine tale of suburban teen angst.
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
October 23, 2001
Despite its flaws, this is a compelling motion picture, and offers the kind of 'fresh' experience extended by the likes of Pi and The Sticky Fingers of Time.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4