Critics Consensus

Dramatically gripping and frighteningly smart, this Lynchian thriller does wonders with its unlikely subject and shoestring budget.



Total Count: 58


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God and man and math: The tawdry meets the Talmudic in this complex thriller about a tortured computer genius trying to beat the stock market.


Sean Gullette
as Max Cohen
Mark Margolis
as Sol Robeson
Ben Shenkman
as Lenny Myer
Pamela Hart
as Marcy Dawson
Stephen Pearlman
as Rabbi Cohen
Ajay Naidu
as Farrouhk
Espher Lao Nieves
as Jenna's Mom
Joanne Gordon
as Mrs Ovadia
Lauren Fox
as Jenny Robeson
Stanley Herman
as Moustacheless Man
Clint Mansell
as Photographer
Ari Handel
as Kabbalist
Oren Sarch
as Kabbalist
Lloyd Schwarz
as Kabbalist
J.C. Islander
as Man Presenting Suitcase
Abraham Aronofsky
as Man Delivering Suitcase
Ray Seiden
as Transit Cop
Sal Monte
as King Neptune
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Critic Reviews for Pi

All Critics (58) | Top Critics (14) | Fresh (51) | Rotten (7)

  • Aronofsky, who has parlayed this movie's Sundance success into two Hollywood deals, is that rare indie filmmaker who doesn't want to make hip romantic sitcoms. He's a genuine experimenter with a spooky visual style.

    Mar 29, 2009 | Full Review…
  • We share Max's feelings of imminent psychological disintegration as the film probes our own insecurity in the face of the eternal. Maths meets millennial doom in one of the decade's true originals.

    Feb 29, 2008 | Full Review…
  • It's remarkable to what extent Aronofsky has rendered the cerebral kinetically intense. The film's imaginative, diverse images create a mind's-eye urban claustrophobia.

    Jun 6, 2007

    Dennis Harvey

    Top Critic
  • Audacious and bursting with ideas.

    Jul 12, 2002 | Rating: 3/4
  • The movie's low-budget look neatly matches the claustrophobia of Max's life, but the filmmakers have also devised some special shooting methods for certain scenes. These sequences -- breathless and jangly chases, for the most part -- look terrific.

    Dec 19, 2001 | Full Review…

    Laura Miller

    Top Critic
  • Pi is a lesson to aspiring film makers everywhere: perfect your skills, be original, be bold. It's a pity young British directors aren't making films as unique and imaginative as this. Startlingly good cinema.

    Apr 17, 2001 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Pi

  • Mar 09, 2019
    Peter B Super Reviewer
  • Mar 29, 2014
    This cautionary parable brings up the age-old question of whether our drive for power through deeper knowledge of the natural world will also carry us to our personal or possibly collective annihilation. It reminds me of the revelation that it's not our fear of failure that prevents us from trying something, but rather our fear of success. What happens when our capabilities accelerate faster than we can understand them? We find out one possibility as we follow a man haunted with an obsession to discover the core numerical pattern behind all things and behaviors in the universe.
    Matthew S Super Reviewer
  • Jul 04, 2013
    It is a highly disturbing and bizarre film, yet despite its dizzying--and somewhat unnerving, off-putting tone--it is brilliantly and artistically constructed. Darren Aronofsky is able to bring to life a unique, engaging story while using elements of legendary filmmaker Roman Polanski's best films. Pi is able to achieve what many other so-called "psychological thrillers" are not capable of due to its fantastic cinematography--which creates an appropriately suffocating environment--and its ingenious film editing.
    Matthew Samuel M Super Reviewer
  • Jan 06, 2013
    Pi is arguably the most bizarre independent first feature from one of the most acclaimed directors of our time (Darren Aronofsky). It's also sometimes frustrating to watch but very chilling thanks to memorable sound effects and weird cinematography. There is no denying that it's a smart movie, and also frighting since we have to hear Sean Gullette scream in pain for becoming mad and obsessed. What makes it more effecting is how it sounds from the camera. The music is what I like most of this movie, the score was fantastic. There are certain scenes in which it becomes extremely disturbing and Pi gives you an anxiety so big that it makes you feel scared. The movie is 1 hr. and 25 min. and it feels like 40 more minutes have been added to the movie. It's shaky camera is annoying and it's sometimes uncomfortable to watch. You kind of get exhausted from it. Pi is smart, its disturbing, its bizarre, weird, slow, chilling and not so confusing, but it's not for everyone.
    Angel G Super Reviewer

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