The Fountain (2006)



Critic Consensus: The Fountain -- a movie about metaphysics, universal patterns, Biblical symbolism, and boundless love spread across one thousand years -- is visually rich but suffers from its own unfocused ambitions.

Movie Info

Requiem for a Dream director Darren Aronofsky switches gears from drug-induced urban malaise to abstract science fiction with this time-tripping symbolic tale of a man's thousand-year quest to save the woman he loves. Moving between representational stories and images, this meditation on life and death focuses on the concept of the mythical Tree of Life that is said to bestow immortality to all who drink of its sap. In one of the film's allegorical timelines, a 16th century Spanish conquistador … More

Rating: PG-13 (for some intense sequences of violent action, some sensuality and language)
Genre: Drama, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Directed By:
Written By: Ari Handel, Darren Aronofsky
In Theaters:
On DVD: May 18, 2007
Box Office: $10.0M
Warner Bros. Pictures - Official Site


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Critic Reviews for The Fountain

All Critics (197) | Top Critics (49)

I will concede the film is not a great success. Too many screens of blinding lights. Too many transitions for their own sake. Abrupt changes of tone.

Full Review… | September 14, 2007
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

Perhaps in twenty more years or so, [The Fountain] will be recognized for the utterly gorgeous masterpiece that it is.

Full Review… | February 20, 2014
Movie Mezzanine

The enormous, and sometimes inspired, visual arc of Aronofsky's reach sadly exceeds his narrative's basic grasp.

Full Review… | November 16, 2012
Empire Magazine Australasia

Visual alchemist Darren Aronofsky's most personal work is a double helix of love and loss - death entwined with life as existence's only reliable truths. It offers a transfixing merger of biological imperatives and musings on creativity and tragedy.

Full Review… | September 24, 2010

A metaphysical muddle.

Full Review… | July 6, 2010
Boston Phoenix

It's difficult to recall another American film that, in pursuing a passionate and personal vision, goes so maddeningly, uproariously wrong.

Full Review… | July 6, 2010
Sight and Sound

Audience Reviews for The Fountain

"My God, it's full of shit!"

But seriously folks - after just one viewing - i'm just .. wow - huh?! Watching the film, I was wildly applauding Aronofsky's superballsy audacious vision while simultaneously cringing at his simplistic sentimentality.

2001 + What the Bleep Do We Know + dimestore romance + any episode of E.R. = wtf?

For what it's worth - i thought Hugh Jackman was great - perhaps the only tangible revelation of the film.

Bob Stinson

Super Reviewer

A surgeon desperately searches for a cure for his wife's cancer while absorbing himself into the world represented by her final novel. Darren Aronofsky is nothing if not brave and once again willingly sacrifices mainstream acceptibility to realise his vision. Similar in format to 2046 in that fantasy and reality are happening in parallel on screen, The Fountain is a representation of his musings on mortality, love and loss and coming to terms with personal grief. It is a truly stunning film to look at with an appropriately beautiful score, complimented nicely by a surprisingly sensitive performance by Hugh Jackman. I'm sure some may dismiss the script as a load of pretentious claptrap, but I personally found it both visually and aurally enchanting as well as deeply moving. However you choose to look at it, The Fountain contains the kind of imagination and invention that is all too often missing from mainstream cinema and for that reason alone it is worth 90 minutes of anybody's time.

xGary Xx

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