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Donnie Darko: The Director's Cut (2004)

Donnie Darko: The Director's Cut


Average Rating: 8/10
Reviews Counted: 43
Fresh: 39
Rotten: 4

Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.

Average Rating: 8.1/10
Reviews Counted: 12
Fresh: 11
Rotten: 1

Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.


Average Rating: 4.2/5
User Ratings: 11,468


Movie Info

In a funny, moving and distinctly mind-bending journey through suburban America, one extraordinary but disenchanted teenage is about to take Time's Arrow for a ride. October 2nd, 1988: just another ordinary day in Donnie Darko's teen-aged existence. He's taken his medication, watched Dukakis & Bush debate, and had dinner with the family. Then an outrageous accident occurs, which just misses claiming Donnie's life. As Donnie begins to explore what it means to still be alive, and in short order to … More

R (adult situations/language, violence)
Documentary , Drama , Horror , Science Fiction & Fantasy
Directed By:
Written By:
Richard Kelly
In Theaters:
Sep 27, 2007
Box Office:
Newmarket Films - Official Site


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Critic Reviews for Donnie Darko: The Director's Cut

All Critics (43) | Top Critics (12) | Fresh (39) | Rotten (4) | DVD (7)

The film feels like a collision between a John Hughes teen comedy and a David Lynch freakfest.

July 6, 2006
Minneapolis Star Tribune
Top Critic

What remains unchanged is the realization of just what a superb actor Jake Gyllenhaal is.

Full Review… | August 27, 2004
Boston Globe
Top Critic

It's a dreamlike, intuitive movie that has much to say about life and death and points in between.

Full Review… | August 26, 2004
Dallas Morning News
Top Critic

The new Darko is just as marvelous as the old.

Full Review… | August 26, 2004
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Top Critic

Contains about 10 additional minutes and is as fabulous and enjoyable as ever.

Full Review… | August 20, 2004
Washington Post
Top Critic

If Kelly felt it necessary to add the new material, that's all to the good. It just means there's more to love.

Full Review… | August 20, 2004
Washington Post
Top Critic

Oddly not as good as the theatrical cut.

March 29, 2009

The resulting film reveals an artist who has seriously reflected on his work and carefully considered what to add, what to alter and sometimes what to remove.

March 30, 2007

...other additions -- most egregiously at the climax -- are just intrusive and reduce our interpretive choices by replacing them with one choice, purely science-fictional in a George Lucas 'midichlorians' sense, that's a diminishment, not an illumination.

Full Review… | April 6, 2006

Friends and neighbors, this is a Great American Movie.

April 1, 2006
New Times

it cannot be discounted that the substantial supplementary features went a long way towards backing up the film's legitimacy to its ever-increasing population of followers.

Full Review… | June 10, 2005
Movie City News

Like Being John Malkovich and 2001: A Space Odyssey and too few others, this is one of those mind-melting cinematic achievements.

Full Review… | February 24, 2005
Creative Loafing the years since the film was made, the country and the world have become even more divided.... Maybe the movie is more meaningful today than ever.

Full Review… | January 27, 2005
Movie Metropolis

Initially an interesting disappointment, Donnie is now a favorite

Full Review… | January 4, 2005
New Times

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Full Review… | November 14, 2004

The longer version ... packs more of a kick and has a grander, gloomier vision: It represents four weeks in the mind of a smart, anguished, lonely guy who doesn't think he's fit to live.

Full Review… | November 12, 2004
Charlotte Observer

This is the kind of movie that creates friendships among its aficionados.

Full Review… | September 20, 2004
Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)

Richard Kelly's revamped version of his creepy, cool debut is neither a bold revelation nor a bland over-elaboration.

Full Review… | September 16, 2004

The die-hards will dig it, and those who skipped its initial run should greater enjoy their first trip through the cellar door of Donnie's universe.

Full Review… | September 9, 2004
Kansas City Star

Even with additional footage of questionable value, Donnie Darko remains a fantastic midnight at the movies.

Full Review… | September 3, 2004

A masterpiece of mood...Donnie Darko is made less obscure-for better or worse-in Kelly's expanded director's cut.

September 2, 2004
Groucho Reviews

Still an exceptionally challenging film...but it's not quite the equal of the one some of us found so extraordinary in 2001.

Full Review… | September 2, 2004
One Guy's Opinion

A generous, compassionate, daring movie.

Full Review… | August 26, 2004
St. Paul Pioneer Press

Audience Reviews for Donnie Darko: The Director's Cut


Quite a revelation. A must-see.

Wildaly M

Super Reviewer

I love the directors cut even more then the theatrical version. this movie is funny, wierd, orginal and much more. this is one of the best films ever made. A

Richard C

Super Reviewer

[b]Obscurity is the refuge of the incompetent.[/b] - [color=DarkOliveGreen]Robert Heinlein[/color]

[b]My mind to me a kingdom is,
Such present joys therein I find,
That it excels all other bliss
That earth affords or grows by kind:
Though much I want though most would have,
Yet still my mind forbids to crave.[/b]
- [color=RoyalBlue]Sir Edward Dwyer[/color]

[b]I find a little giggle-gas before I begin gives me immense pleasure.[/b] -[color=SandyBrown] Orin Scrivello[/color]

[b]Many times I've lied, many times I've listened
Many times I've wondered how much there is to know.[/b] - [color=Gray]Robert Plant[/color]

[b]I told myself I'd make an entry about my Halloween costume, but that sort of never materialized. Perhaps I'll resurrect that endeavor, seeing as how my journal is collecting stale fingerprints from users shuffling past it to all the other updates in this asylum. Maybe later tonight I'll update? Yeah, no. Also, this is the best quote you've ever read.[/b] [b]I'll quote myself to prove it. Yeah. No. [/b]- [color=Green]Neum Daddy/Neumthor/NeumDagger/Neumorado Sexington/Somebody Else[/color][b]

Perhaps, if I am lucky, the feeble efforts of my lifetime will someday be noticed, and maybe, in some small way, they will be acknowledged as the greatest works of genius ever created by Man.[/b] - Jack Handey[color=Red]
Intelligence recognizes what has happened. Genius recognizes what will happen.[/b] - [color=Red]John Ciardi[/color]

[b]You know, if I were to die right now, in some sort of fiery explosion due to the carelessness of a friend...well, that would just be ok.[/b] - [color=YellowGreen]Spongebob Squarepants

[/color] [b]The problem with the world is that the stupid are cocksure and the intelligent are full of doubt.[/b] - [color=Red]Bertrand Russell[/color]

[b]I've finally found someone I can love - a good, clean love...without utensils.[/b] - [color=DeepSkyBlue]Frank Drebin[/color]

[b]The vision and the faculty divine;
Yet wanting the accomplishment of verse.[/b] - [color=Sienna]William Wordsworth[/color]

[b]It's always darkest just before it goes pitch black. [/b]- [color=DarkSlateGray]...uh, modern proverb?[/color]

[b]Winning is not everything, but wanting to win is.[/b] - Vince Lombardi

[b]Art is dangerous. It is one of the attractions. When it ceases to be dangerous, you don't want it.[/b] -[color=Navy] Duke Ellington[/color]

[b]We ask for strength and you give us difficulties which make us strong;
We ask for wisdom and you send us problems, the solutions of which develop wisdom;
We plead for prosperity and you give us a brain and brawn to work;
We plead for courage and you give us dangers to overcome.
We ask favors and you give us opportunities;
Therefore, Great Spirit, we ask you bless us and assist us according to thy will.[/b] - [color=DarkOrange]Unknown[/color]

Neum Daddy

Super Reviewer


It might be longer, and may only have more scenes than the original, but oddly enough, it comes nowhere close to being as good as the theatrical cut.

Bryce Iwaschuk
Bryce Iwaschuk

Super Reviewer

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