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+
Nick Rogers
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
Fernando F. Croce
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
Rob Gonsalves
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
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
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
Brian Rentschler
February 17, 2007

Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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
Mark Adams
Sunday Mirror [UK]
January 28, 2007

Fantasy fable impresses and indulges in equal measure.

Johnny Vaughan
Sun Online
January 26, 2007

If Kubrick's 2001 got your juices flowing with its stunning, unexplained other-worldliness, this is a movie you could be mad for. Or it might be just a load of old tosh.

Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Nev Pierce
Total Film
January 26, 2007

Science-fiction meets emotional fact. An intelligent, time-spanning love story that deserves the benefit of any doubt. Watch. And watch again.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Tim Robey
Daily Telegraph
January 26, 2007

If only all reputed turkeys gave us such a trip.

Helen OHara
Empire Magazine
January 25, 2007

At heart, this is a simple Zen fable about love and death. In execution, it's a complex and gorgeous mini-epic with sterling performances from its two stars.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/5

Sight and Sound
June 18, 2012

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