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Donnie Darko Reviews

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October 26, 2001
This set-up and development is fascinating, the payoff less so.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
July 26, 2004
The original was a movie for all those castaways who believe in unexplained phenomenon; the new version reads like a handbook on how to pick up women.
February 13, 2001
A mish-mash of disparate, non-cohesive ideas, the sort of film that thinks it's brilliant just because no one understands it.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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.
October 26, 2001
Although it claims to be very original, much of Donnie Darko is derivative.
October 25, 2001
Just another self-absorbed teen chronicle, with the added twist of a little time travel and a surprise ending.
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/4
October 25, 2001
Kelly is unable to give the movie the kind of pacing that would make us laugh and shock us simultaneously, because he's too infatuated with an aura of hand-me-down gloom.
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
June 15, 2002
Donnie Darko promises a feast, but when the film ends, you are left only with the scraps.
Read More | Original Score: 68/100
November 29, 2001
A made-to-order cult item.
Full Review | Original Score: 60/100
October 26, 2001
There is just too much going on in Donnie Darko.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
October 26, 2001
If this movie ever figured out what it wanted to be when it grows up, it would be a terrific one.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
October 26, 2001
First-time director-writer Richard Kelly draws on a number of intriguing elements ... without including a single, crucial gem that pulls everything together.
October 29, 2001
The movie remains a discombobulating muddle, largely because Kelly is unable or unwilling to resolve the myriad contradictions and confusions that muddy the waters.
January 25, 2002
Shows plenty of promise, but it's somewhat self-involved and won't appeal to audiences who like a straightforward -- even if fantastical -- narrative.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
December 6, 2005
You either love it or hate it. For those who loved it, I have only one word: overrated.c
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
October 26, 2001
After nearly two hours of the titular troubled teen asking borderline supernatural questions that are never quite answered, all we get is a head-scratching ending that's more frustrating than intriguing.
January 10, 2017
Donnie Darko rightly made a star of Gyllenhaal.
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 24, 2001
It's ultimately Kelly's inventive storytelling and the myriad of complex themes he explores that capture one's imagination and, in this reviewer's case, re-ignite one's passion for the medium.
October 23, 2001
Despite its flaws, this is a compelling motion picture, and offers the kind of 'fresh' experience extended by the likes of Pi and The Sticky Fingers of Time.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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