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The Fountain Reviews

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Christopher Runyon
Movie Mezzanine

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

Full Review Source: Movie Mezzanine | Original Score: A+

February 20, 2014
Luke Goodsell
Empire Magazine Australasia

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

Full Review Source: Empire Magazine Australasia | Original Score: 2/5

November 16, 2012
Nick Rogers

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 Source: | Original Score: 4/4

September 24, 2010
Brett Michel
Boston Phoenix

A metaphysical muddle.

Full Review Source: Boston Phoenix | Original Score: 2/4

July 6, 2010
Michael Atkinson
Sight and Sound

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

Full Review Source: Sight and Sound

July 6, 2010
Fernando F. Croce

The continuous sense of deeply felt discovery tempers the movie's overreaching pretentiousness

Full Review Source: CinePassion

August 28, 2009
Jonathan Kiefer
Sacramento News & Review

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 Source: Sacramento News & Review | Original Score: 3/5

August 7, 2008
Steve Biodrowski

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?

Full Review Source: ESplatter

July 7, 2008
Rob Gonsalves

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 Source: | Original Score: 5/5

February 13, 2008
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed

So simple, so elaborate, and yet so utterly brilliant...

Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed | Original Score: 4/4

January 23, 2008
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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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 Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 2.5/4

September 14, 2007
Joe Lozito
Big Picture Big Sound

Despite its flaws, it's still worth watching.

Full Review Source: Big Picture Big Sound | Original Score: 3/4

July 14, 2007
Anton Bitel
Eye for Film

Seldom in cinema has eschatology been treated with such intelligence, or inspired such aching awe.

Full Review Source: Eye for Film | Original Score: 3/5

July 6, 2007
Rob Humanick
Projection Booth

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 Source: Projection Booth | Original Score: A

July 3, 2007
David Keyes

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 Source: | Original Score: 4/4

July 1, 2007
Jason Gorber
Film Scouts

It will no doubt find itself aging quite well, appreciated long after its (inevitably short) theatrical run.

Full Review Source: Film Scouts | Original Score: B-

June 21, 2007
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher

[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.

Full Review Source: Flick Filosopher

May 16, 2007
Mike McGranaghan
Aisle Seat

Beautiful and profoundly moving...This is a film I want to see several more times.

Full Review Source: Aisle Seat | Original Score: 3.5/4

May 14, 2007
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis

...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 Source: Movie Metropolis | Original Score: 5/10

May 12, 2007
Jay Richardson
Future Movies UK

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 Source: Future Movies UK | Original Score: 8/10

February 10, 2007
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