Donnie Darko Reviews

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.
December 6, 2005
You either love it or hate it. For those who loved it, I have only one word: overrated.c
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.
June 15, 2002
Donnie Darko promises a feast, but when the film ends, you are left only with the scraps.
November 29, 2001
A made-to-order cult item.
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.
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 26, 2001
If this movie ever figured out what it wanted to be when it grows up, it would be a terrific one.
October 26, 2001
There is just too much going on in Donnie Darko.
October 26, 2001
This set-up and development is fascinating, the payoff less so.
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.
October 26, 2001
Although it claims to be very original, much of Donnie Darko is derivative.
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.
October 25, 2001
Just another self-absorbed teen chronicle, with the added twist of a little time travel and a surprise ending.
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.