Donnie Darko

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Richard Kelly's debut feature Donnie Darko is a daring, original vision, packed with jarring ideas and intelligence and featuring a remarkable performance from Jake Gyllenhaal as the troubled title character.

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80%

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In a funny, moving and distinctly mind-bending journey through suburban America, one extraordinary but disenchanted teenager is about to take Time's Arrow for a ride. After surviving a freak accident, Donnie (Jake Gyllenhaal) begins to explore what it means to be alive, and in short order to be in love, he uncovers secrets of the universe that give him a tempting power to alter time and destiny.

Cast

Jena Malone
as Gretchen
Katharine Ross
as Dr. Thurman
Noah Wyle
as Prof. Monnitoff
Daveigh Chase
as Samantha
James Duval
as Frank/`The Rabbit'
Arthur Taxier
as Dr. Fisher
Mark Hoffman
as Police Officer
David St. James
as Bob Garland
Tom Tangen
as Man in Red Jogging Suit
Jazzie Mahannah
as Joanie James
Jolene Purdy
as Cherita Chen
Seth Rogen
as Ricky Danforth
David Moreland
as Principal Cole
Kristina Malota
as Susie Bates
Marina Malota
as Emily Bates
Carly Naples
as Suzy Bailey
Tiler Peck
as Beth Farmer
Patience Cleveland
as Roberta Sparrow/ Grandma Death
Lisa K. Wyatt
as Lina Connie
Rachel Winfree
as Shanda Riesman
Jack Salvatore Jr.
as Larry Riesman
Phyllis Lyons
as Anne Fisher
Ashley Tisdale
as Dorky Girl
Alison Jones
as Dorky Sister
Jerry Trainor
as Lanky Kid
Joan Blair
as Mystery Woman
Fran Kranz
as Passenger
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Critic Reviews for Donnie Darko

All Critics (116) | Top Critics (16) | Fresh (101) | Rotten (15)

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    August 14, 2007 | Rating: 3/4
  • Kelly is a supple and courageous storyteller, boldly free-associating as he mixes parody and satire with earnest psychodrama and coming up with plot points no one could anticipate.

    June 8, 2007 | Full Review…
  • Donnie Darko has plenty of problems. But most stem from a young filmmaker overswinging on his first time up to the plate and hitting a deep fly out rather than a home run.

    June 8, 2007

    Todd McCarthy

    Variety
    Top Critic
  • Excitingly original indie vision.

    November 6, 2001 | Rating: A- | Full Review…
  • A stunning technical accomplishment that virtually bursts with noise, ideas and references.

    October 31, 2001 | Full Review…
  • First-time director-writer Richard Kelly draws on a number of intriguing elements ... without including a single, crucial gem that pulls everything together.

    October 26, 2001

Audience Reviews for Donnie Darko

  • Sep 23, 2016
    A great chilling piece of psychologically thrilling cinema
    Kameron W Super Reviewer
  • Sep 11, 2016
    Donnie Darko is an inventive cult classic. It's concept is smart and Jake Gyllenhaal delivers a great performance, however, not all aspects of the story really mesh together. Darko deals with time travel, the apocalypse, and death in a cold and clinical way. There is no doubt that even when I was scratching my head at how the feature wrapped up, I couldn't deny the thought provoking themes delivered with such daring. So while Donnie Darko is a hard movie to embrace, it is also a difficult movie to shake off and has earned its status as a cult classic. Rating: 66
    Bradley J Super Reviewer
  • Mar 11, 2016
    It's hard to review this movie after only one viewing because Donnie Darko seems like the type of film that improves with repeat viewings. That being said, the plot can seem a bit confusing at times, but the acting, especially by Jake Gyllenhaal, carries the load of this cult classic. If you haven't seen this movie, you're doing yourself a disservice!
    Ben B Super Reviewer
  • Apr 17, 2015
    Sometimes I doubt your commitment to sparkle motion.
    Gimly M Super Reviewer

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