Requiem for a Dream

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Though the movie may be too intense for some to stomach, the wonderful performances and the bleak imagery are hard to forget.

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Imaginatively evoking the inner landscape of human beings longing to connect, to love and feel loved, the film is a parable of happiness gloriously found and tragically lost. "Requiem for a Dream" tells parallel stories that are linked by the relationship between the lonely, widowed Sara Goldfarb and her sweet but aimless son, Harry. The plump Sara, galvanized by the prospect of appearing on a TV game show, has started on a dangerous diet regimen to beautify herself for a national audience.

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All Critics (138) | Top Critics (37) | Fresh (109) | Rotten (29)

  • A staccato narrative parallels the experiences and hallucinations of a woman on drugs with those of her son and his friends.

    September 20, 2011 | Full Review…
  • Burnished camerawork and ex-Pop Will Eat Itself head Mansell's part-punchy, part-elegiac score reinforce and counterpoint the increasingly nightmarish visuals.

    June 24, 2006 | Full Review…

    Geoff Andrew

    Time Out
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    April 5, 2002 | Rating: 2.5/4
    Globe and Mail
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  • With spareness and unremitting cruelty, Aronofsky shows his characters' accelerated slide to destruction. It's an almost unbearably bleak view and its lack of any obvious redemptive moral message will revolt some.

    August 27, 2001 | Full Review…
  • [It] may be a bummer to some audiences, so harsh is its view of the drug culture. But no one interested in the power and magic of movies should miss it.

    May 8, 2001 | Rating: 5/5
  • This is, without a doubt, cutting-edge film-making.

    April 16, 2001 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

    Ben Falk

    BBC.com
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  • Mar 26, 2016
    Requiem for a Dream is dark and grim, yes. But it's an important film that will linger in your memory for years to come. It's frenetic editing and pace is sublime, and has some of the best performances of each actor's career. A true masterpiece.
    Matthew M Super Reviewer
  • Oct 08, 2015
    Requiem for a Dream is excellent in terms of acting, directing, score. It is the type of film I'd like to rate as five stars but too many mistakes were made. There were many useless scenes (e.g. ice cream stand with the cop) and the end was far overwrought. Instead the time would have been better spent developing the Tyrone character more. Overall, the work is very talented but also amateurish. Like the culture it portrays, Requiem for a Dream is a mixture of flaws and flashes of brilliance.
    Robert B Super Reviewer
  • Jul 25, 2015
    Aronofsky works his Midas touch.
    Sanity Assassin ! Super Reviewer
  • Jun 07, 2014
    WOW!! What a "don't do drugs" ad! Great acting and the cinematography is GREAT as well as the acting! Even a bigger Jared Leto fan now!
    Thomas J Super Reviewer

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