The Fountain Reviews

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Christopher Runyon
Movie Mezzanine
February 20, 2014
Perhaps in twenty more years or so, [The Fountain] will be recognized for the utterly gorgeous masterpiece that it is.
Full Review | Original Score: A+
Luke Goodsell
Empire Magazine Australasia
November 16, 2012
The enormous, and sometimes inspired, visual arc of Aronofsky's reach sadly exceeds his narrative's basic grasp.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Nick Rogers
Suite101.com
September 24, 2010
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 | Original Score: 4/4
Brett Michel
Boston Phoenix
July 6, 2010
A metaphysical muddle.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Michael Atkinson
Sight and Sound
July 6, 2010
It's difficult to recall another American film that, in pursuing a passionate and personal vision, goes so maddeningly, uproariously wrong.
Fernando F. Croce
CinePassion
August 28, 2009
The continuous sense of deeply felt discovery tempers the movie's overreaching pretentiousness
Jonathan Kiefer
Sacramento News & Review
August 7, 2008
You can judge for yourself whether a money shot of semenesque tree-sap is a proper payoff, but the movie is at least texturally rich, tonally consistent (brooding, always) and much fussed over by its maker.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Steve Biodrowski
ESplatter
July 7, 2008
This film raises an interesting question: How far is a viewer willing to follow a talented filmmaker down a rabbit hole, when it becomes clear that said filmmaker has lost his way?
Rob Gonsalves
eFilmCritic.com
February 13, 2008
It's a simple story told with Zen directness, its fingers deep in the age-old questions, its eyes and ears wide open to the sensual potential of cinema.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
January 23, 2008
So simple, so elaborate, and yet so utterly brilliant...
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Top Critic
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
September 14, 2007
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 | Original Score: 2.5/4
Joe Lozito
Big Picture Big Sound
July 14, 2007
Despite its flaws, it's still worth watching.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Anton Bitel
Eye for Film
July 6, 2007
Seldom in cinema has eschatology been treated with such intelligence, or inspired such aching awe.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Rob Humanick
Projection Booth
July 3, 2007
Yes, The Fountain is ridiculous, arguably pretentious, pining for your attention like a sixth grade emo kid. And I love it to pieces.
Full Review | Original Score: A
David Keyes
Cinemaphile.org
July 1, 2007
If one is to be left with something in the end, it is the realization that its creator is fully in love with not just the result of his art, but the very happening of it.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Jason Gorber
Film Scouts
June 21, 2007
It will no doubt find itself aging quite well, appreciated long after its (inevitably short) theatrical run.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher
May 16, 2007
[I]ntrigues me intellectually, [but] it doesn't make me feel anything... But it's one of the more interesting cinematic failures I've ever seen.
Mike McGranaghan
Aisle Seat
May 14, 2007
Beautiful and profoundly moving...This is a film I want to see several more times.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis
May 12, 2007
...more a middling entry in the message/sci-fi/fantasy genre than the groundbreaking venture its ponderous tone would lead us to believe.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
Jay Richardson
Future Movies UK
February 10, 2007
There are hints of David Lynch's similarly confusing Mulholland Drive and the marvellously bonkers ending of Stanley Kubrick's classic 2001: A Space Odyssey that will repel many more viewers than attract.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
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