Requiem for a Dream Reviews

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Christopher Runyon
Movie Mezzanine
February 20, 2014
As uncompromising a work of art as you can ever view.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Top Critic
Lisa Alspector
Chicago Reader
September 20, 2011
A staccato narrative parallels the experiences and hallucinations of a woman on drugs with those of her son and his friends.
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com
July 18, 2011
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 | Original Score: B
John A. Nesbit
Old School Reviews
May 14, 2011
Translating this into a music video would make a lot more sense than the film does in present form
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Nick Rogers
Suite101.com
September 17, 2010
"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 | Original Score: 4/4
Jean Lowerison
San Diego Metropolitan
July 6, 2010
Unfortunately, about halfway through, the film takes a (deliberate) nosedive into the depths of human degradation from which it never emerges.
Matt Noller
Slant Magazine
September 8, 2009
A gut-wrenching, formally adventurous masterpiece or an ugly, flashy piece of empty-headed propaganda?
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com
May 16, 2009
"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 | Original Score: A-
Kevin McCarthy
BDK Reviews
August 2, 2008
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
Joe Lozito
Big Picture Big Sound
July 14, 2007
Yes, visually this is an exhilarating, unique film. But it is also a singularly difficult and challenging film to watch.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Jason Gorber
Film Scouts
June 21, 2007
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 | Original Score: A
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher
December 30, 2006
If Aronofsky set out to make Trainspotting look like Teletubbies, he succeeded. Recommended only for those with extremely strong stomachs.
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion
July 24, 2006
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 | Original Score: C
Top Critic
Geoff Andrew
Time Out
June 24, 2006
Burnished camerawork and ex-Pop Will Eat Itself head Mansell's part-punchy, part-elegiac score reinforce and counterpoint the increasingly nightmarish visuals.
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
May 26, 2006
Requiem for a Dream is a great movie, and the few of us who see it will be acutely affected.
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star
February 24, 2006
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 | Original Score: 4/4
Ron Wells
Film Threat
December 6, 2005
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 | Original Score: 5/5
Steven Snyder
Zertinet Movies
October 1, 2005
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 | Original Score: 4/4
Greg Muskewitz
eFilmCritic.com
February 21, 2004
An unordinary, highly stylized, gritty hyperkinetic junkie movie -- unlike anything you've seen before.
Full Review | Original Score: A+
Megan Ratner
Senses of Cinema
June 8, 2003
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.
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