Donnie Darko Reviews

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April 7, 2020
It's a dense, complicated and amazing amalgam of genres and influences that really defies any constraints.
March 7, 2019
I certainly didn't have an emotional bond with the film. Still, I admire the risk taking and what it has to say about mental illness.
November 12, 2018
It's ultimately the piece's surprisingly sincere, compassionate edge which transmits the most.
December 16, 2017
[Richard] Kelly winds so many ideas, so many questions, and so much marvelously strange experience through this ambitious film that you can forgive the few loose ends and overdone caricatures amidst the richness.
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.
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.
January 10, 2017
Donnie Darko rightly made a star of Gyllenhaal.
December 19, 2016
Gyllenhaal's breakthrough performance is simultaneously heartfelt, melancholy and mischievous.
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.
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.
December 29, 2011
Donnie Darko is a bit like a teenager: brooding, complex, rebellious, and difficult to comprehend.
June 20, 2011
Defines itself through sustained mood, otherworldly intrigue and deep, abiding humanism.
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.
April 29, 2009
A brilliant and truly incredible piece of art that deserves to be watched...
August 14, 2007
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.
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.
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
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