Donnie Darko Reviews

August 14, 2007
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.
February 27, 2007
May 20, 2003
November 6, 2001
Excitingly original indie vision.
October 31, 2001
A stunning technical accomplishment that virtually bursts with noise, ideas and references.
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
A captivating dark vision.
October 26, 2001
An engaging, time-tripping Holden Caulfield.
October 26, 2001
This set-up and development is fascinating, the payoff less so.
October 25, 2001
It flutters, like a mischievous butterfly, above the despairing hands of easy description.
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
Donnie Darko may be too ambitious for a debut feature, but ambition and imagination still trump mediocrity any day of the week.
October 25, 2001
Just another self-absorbed teen chronicle, with the added twist of a little time travel and a surprise ending.
October 23, 2001
A wondrous, moodily self-involved piece of work that employs X-Files magic realism to galvanize what might have been a routine tale of suburban teen angst.
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.