Sleeping and Waking

2009, Romance/Drama, 1h 32m

42 Reviews 10,000+ Ratings

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Retaining the hauntingly enigmatic atmosphere of its prior incarnation, Donnie Darko: The Director's Cut offers a more satisfyingly realized sense of mythology and theme. Read critic reviews

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Sully has to find a way back from the darkness in his life.

Cast & Crew

Jeff Allin
Sullivan Daniels
Hope Lambert
Amanda Daniels
Helen Hedman
Mrs. Daniels
Kathleen Coons
Sister Elysea
Joe Banno
Director
Chris Stezin
Screenwriter
Jeffrey Koeppel
Executive Producer
Kim Allen Kluge
Original Music
Michael Skinner
Cinematographer
Melanie Clark
Production Design
Melanie Clark
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Melanie Clark
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Critic Reviews for Sleeping and Waking

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  • Nov 08, 2014
    Richard Kelly revisits his cult thriller Donnie Darko with a Director's Cut that tries to offer a clearer vision. Inserting excerpts from "The Philosophy of Time Travel," the story gains a more structured format; as sections of the narrative are categorized by the element of tangent universe time travel that are being focused on. There are also hints of an observer that is overseeing this correction of the tangent universe. But these observer scenes feel out of place and clash stylistically with the tone and look of the rest of the film. Another unfortunate change in this cut is the soundtrack, which is less evocative and organic. Also, the addition of more dialog and voice-over scenes for the Frank character causes him to lose some of his mystique. But for the most part, the performances and storytelling are especially strong and compelling. Donnie Darko: The Director's Cut succeeds at clearing up some of the ambiguity and mystery of the theatrical version, yet in doing so part of the film's allure is lost.
    Dann M Super Reviewer
  • Apr 17, 2011
    It might be longer, and may only have more scenes than the original, but oddly enough, it comes nowhere close to being as good as the theatrical cut.
    Bryce I Super Reviewer
  • Dec 19, 2010
    Quite a revelation. A must-see.
    Wildaly M Super Reviewer
  • Jun 24, 2010
    I love the directors cut even more then the theatrical version. this movie is funny, wierd, orginal and much more. this is one of the best films ever made. A
    Richard C Super Reviewer

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