• 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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Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press

I'm not sure the meager insights in Requiem make it worth going there.

January 19, 2001
Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
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Unfortunately, once Requiem for a Dream accumulates all this elaborate and suggestive paraphernalia, it plummets in an inexorable, almost mechanical spiral.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader | Original Score: 2/4

October 6, 2000
Christopher Null
Filmcritic.com

All smoke and mirrors disguising a great, vapid emptiness.

Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com | Original Score: 1.5/5

January 1, 2000
Jeremy Heilman
MovieMartyr.com

Unfortunately, I think Requiem for a Dream film fails to successfully meld style with substance.

Full Review Source: MovieMartyr.com | Original Score: 2/4

March 5, 2002
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

A slickly done, very depressive melodrama about those addicted to drugs and their dreams of happiness.

Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews | Original Score: C

January 1, 2000
Wesley Morris
San Francisco Examiner

It's one of the most beautifully unpleasant movies ever made -- its reverse charge being that it is no fun at all.

January 1, 2000
Desson Thomson
Washington Post
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[A] graphically depressing, downward spiral to hell.

Full Review Source: Washington Post | Original Score: 1.5/5

January 1, 2000
Michael W. Phillips, Jr.
Goatdog's Movies

One of the most nihilistic films I have ever seen.

Full Review Source: Goatdog's Movies | Original Score: 2.5/5

February 28, 2002
Christopher Kelly
Fort Worth Star-Telegram/DFW.com

If this is the future of cinema, I'd rather be home watching television.

January 19, 2001
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
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
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
Jon Lap
Apollo Guide

... when the process of finding this meaning is mired in the storyteller's self-indulgent tendencies and harrowing repetitious visuals, the effort is rendered reprehensible.

Full Review Source: Apollo Guide | Original Score: 65/100

March 6, 2002
Ernest Hardy
Film.com
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[Aronofsky] shoots himself in the foot repeatedly.

January 1, 2000
Susan Stark
Detroit News
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It's a downer -- and far more because of Aronofsky's vanity than because of Selby's brutally candid story.

Full Review Source: Detroit News | Original Score: 1/4

January 1, 2000
James Verniere
Boston Herald

| Original Score: 2.5/4

January 1, 2000
Kevin Maynard
Mr. Showbiz
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Disappointingly, the furor over Requiem for a Dream's rating is considerably more compelling than the film itself.

January 1, 2000
J. Rentilly
TNT's Rough Cut

Requiem wants to be about more than drug addiction ... Alas, Requiem is only about drug addiction.

January 1, 2000
Dave White
IFilm

Pounds like a jackhammer without letting up, making for a punishing experience with only a few narrative rewards along the way.

Full Review Source: IFilm

January 1, 2000
David Elliott
San Diego Union-Tribune

Less filmed than assembled by an MTV task force committed to the final obliteration of subtlety.

Full Review Source: San Diego Union-Tribune

January 1, 2000

National Post

January 1, 2000

Irish Times

September 7, 2001
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