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Donnie Darko Reviews

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April 29, 2017
The theatrical version is some kind of compacted masterpiece, hormonal, vital, dazed, blissfully unhinged... I'm too attached to Donnie Darko to worry over its wanton weirdness, its mix of concreteness and intangibility.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
April 6, 2017
It remains an aesthetically filmed blend of off-beat comedy, mind-boggling sci-fi, and subjective storytelling that serves as a singular and timeless piece of cinema.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
January 10, 2017
Donnie Darko rightly made a star of Gyllenhaal.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
December 19, 2016
Gyllenhaal's breakthrough performance is simultaneously heartfelt, melancholy and mischievous.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
December 19, 2016
As pop as it is arthouse, as funny as it is tragic, Donnie Darko remains a remarkable one-off that's easy to adore.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
October 31, 2016
Complex, inventive, gripping, strange, and in the end deeply moving, with more ideas in it than Hollywood has produced in the entire last decade.
January 29, 2012
An incredibly fascinating, star-making film that never fails to intrigue.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
December 29, 2011
Donnie Darko is a bit like a teenager: brooding, complex, rebellious, and difficult to comprehend.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
June 20, 2011
Defines itself through sustained mood, otherworldly intrigue and deep, abiding humanism.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
March 10, 2011
A decidedly weird time-travel drama that puzzled viewers so much that many went back to see it again and again... Unfortunately, Kelly's extended version diminishes the film's impact.
September 25, 2010
Maybe Richard Kelly's fate is to be the cult-film circuit's Michael Cimino. He has yet to match the mood or magnitude of his debut - a collision of time-travel sci-fi, commentary on '80s malaise and teen angst that's simultaneously witty and poignant.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
April 29, 2009
A brilliant and truly incredible piece of art that deserves to be watched...
August 4, 2007
The film...asks the question: what if the universe as we live it, not just as we theorize it, really isn't as we imagine it? In making the mundane as bottomless as the cosmic, Donnie Darko has the guts to remain a riddle itself.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
July 30, 2007
The drowsy surrealism and elaborate inconclusiveness of Donnie Darko will simultaneously guarantee it a rabid cult and put it way off limits to the don't-get-its.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
July 22, 2007
The directors cut of Donnie Darko by Richard Kelly was screened at the Venice Film Festivals a couple of years ago, a film I missed for sure when it was released in 2001 and one of those pearls like Blade Runner that just is haunting screening after scree
Full Review | Original Score: A
June 8, 2007
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
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.
March 30, 2007
Kelly captures, better than any film in recent memory other than Election, what it feels like to be in high school.
June 13, 2006
In its metaphysical concerns and challenging notions about personal and social responsibility, the film aims much higher than most American youth pictures.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
April 6, 2006
Donnie Darko's flaws, though, are those of a young, talented filmmaker reaching beyond his current grasp. That's a more forgivable sin than soulless excess or hubris-fueled incompetence.
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