• R, 1 hr. 41 min.
  • Drama
  • Directed By:
    Darren Aronofsky
    In Theaters:
    Oct 6, 2000 Wide
    On DVD:
    May 22, 2001
  • Artisan Entertainment


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Requiem for a Dream Reviews

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Christopher Runyon
Movie Mezzanine

As uncompromising a work of art as you can ever view.

Full Review Source: Movie Mezzanine | Original Score: A

February 20, 2014
Lisa Alspector
Chicago Reader
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A staccato narrative parallels the experiences and hallucinations of a woman on drugs with those of her son and his friends.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

September 20, 2011
Emanuel Levy

Aronofsky's second feature is an emotionally intense, relentlessly grim tale of forms of addiction that may rely too much on montage to achieve real dramatic impact.

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

July 18, 2011
John A. Nesbit
Old School Reviews

Translating this into a music video would make a lot more sense than the film does in present form

Full Review Source: Old School Reviews | Original Score: C-

May 14, 2011
Nick Rogers

"Dream" glamorizes nothing en route to a near-nauseating finale, which feels like a rollercoaster car hitched off the track and hurtled into hell's depths. A decade later, it still follows through with full force on its cautionary stomach punch.

Full Review Source: Suite101.com | Original Score: 4/4

September 17, 2010
Jean Lowerison
San Diego Metropolitan

Unfortunately, about halfway through, the film takes a (deliberate) nosedive into the depths of human degradation from which it never emerges.

Full Review Source: San Diego Metropolitan

July 6, 2010
Matt Noller
Slant Magazine

A gut-wrenching, formally adventurous masterpiece or an ugly, flashy piece of empty-headed propaganda?

Full Review Source: Slant Magazine | Original Score: 2/4

September 8, 2009
Cole Smithey

"Requiem For A Dream" is a movie about drug addiction, but that's only where the plot resides so the thoroughly drawn characters can work toward their imperfect dreams. Cinema history has been made with this

Full Review Source: ColeSmithey.com | Original Score: A-

May 16, 2009
Kevin McCarthy
BDK Reviews

One of the most powerful I have ever seen. The film's score and editing will haunt you for years to come.

| Original Score: 5/5

August 2, 2008
Joe Lozito
Big Picture Big Sound

Yes, visually this is an exhilarating, unique film. But it is also a singularly difficult and challenging film to watch.

Full Review Source: Big Picture Big Sound | Original Score: 3.5/4

July 14, 2007
Jason Gorber
Film Scouts

Seldom has a film so powerfully affected me as Requiem for a Dream has -- affected, in this case, as if my eyes and psyche have been bludgeoned.

Full Review Source: Film Scouts | Original Score: A

June 21, 2007
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher

If Aronofsky set out to make Trainspotting look like Teletubbies, he succeeded. Recommended only for those with extremely strong stomachs.

Full Review Source: Flick Filosopher

December 30, 2006
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion

Requiem for a Dream is meant to have a hallucinatory, mesmerizing quality, but it manages to be about as enlightening as a bad acid trip.

Full Review Source: One Guy's Opinion | Original Score: C

July 24, 2006
Geoff Andrew
Time Out
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Burnished camerawork and ex-Pop Will Eat Itself head Mansell's part-punchy, part-elegiac score reinforce and counterpoint the increasingly nightmarish visuals.

Full Review Source: Time Out

June 24, 2006
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

Requiem for a Dream is a great movie, and the few of us who see it will be acutely affected.

Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid

May 26, 2006
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star

There's a wholehearted commitment in every frame toward synthesizing the feeling of hopeless addiction. It's in the writing. It's in the chaotic cinematography. It's in the actors' eyes.

Full Review Source: Arizona Daily Star | Original Score: 4/4

February 24, 2006
Ron Wells
Film Threat

With this movie, Aronofsky sends a couple of messages. One, of course, is about how much habitual drug use can fuel your delusions and what that combination can take away from you. The other message is that the director is now a major American filmmaker.

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

December 6, 2005
Steven Snyder
Zertinet Movies

It's the type of experience that you will never cry at in the theater, but will cry at long after, as the message fully sinks in.

Full Review Source: Zertinet Movies | Original Score: 4/4

October 1, 2005
Greg Muskewitz

An unordinary, highly stylized, gritty hyperkinetic junkie movie -- unlike anything you've seen before.

Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com | Original Score: A+

February 21, 2004
Megan Ratner
Senses of Cinema

By using familiar ploys and images only slightly askew of what television advertisements regularly show, Aronofsky manages to get across the sameness and pervasiveness of addictions of all sorts without becoming didactic.

Full Review Source: Senses of Cinema

June 8, 2003
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