Donnie Darko - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

Donnie Darko Reviews

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R. L. Shaffer
January 29, 2012
An incredibly fascinating, star-making film that never fails to intrigue.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
James Plath
Movie Metropolis
December 29, 2011
Donnie Darko is a bit like a teenager: brooding, complex, rebellious, and difficult to comprehend.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Top Critic
Leighton Walter Kille
Boston Globe
November 24, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Nick Schager
Lessons of Darkness
June 20, 2011
Defines itself through sustained mood, otherworldly intrigue and deep, abiding humanism.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Jason Best
Movie Talk
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.
Nick Rogers
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
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
April 29, 2009
A brilliant and truly incredible piece of art that deserves to be watched...
Top Critic
Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
August 14, 2007
| Original Score: 3/4
Nick Davis
Nick's Flick Picks
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-
Rob Gonsalves
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
Moira Sullivan
Movie Magazine International
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
Top Critic
Lisa Alspector
Chicago Reader
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.
Beth Accomando
March 30, 2007
Kelly captures, better than any film in recent memory other than Election, what it feels like to be in high school.
Emanuel Levy
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+
Mark Bourne
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.
Rumsey Taylor
Not Coming to a Theater Near You
February 15, 2005
A faithfully rendered head trip.
Jeffrey Overstreet
Looking Closer
January 15, 2005
One of the most remarkable films of 2001, and it deserves a much larger audience than it has so far gained.
| Original Score: A-
James Verniere
Boston Herald
August 27, 2004
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
July 30, 2004
Donnie Darko ranks among Gattaca, Pi and Dark City for pure imagination -- and surpasses them for astonishing execution.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Brett Buckalew
July 26, 2004
The big screen, in any shape or form, is the ideal way to experience Donnie Darko, and so a re-release like this is a rare and welcome gift.

Sight and Sound
June 18, 2012
Jennie Kermode
Movie Gurus
November 9, 2011
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