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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. Read critic reviews

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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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Critic Reviews for Requiem for a Dream

All Critics (138) | Top Critics (42) | Fresh (109) | Rotten (29)

  • At times disturbing and always intense, this flick offers its own acid trip for viewers and is a first-hand look at four people who become trapped by their own hell.

    September 12, 2017 | Rating: A | Full Review…
  • 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…
  • A gut-wrenching, formally adventurous masterpiece or an ugly, flashy piece of empty-headed propaganda?

    September 8, 2009 | Rating: 2/4 | 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…
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    April 5, 2002 | Rating: 2.5/4
  • 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…

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  • Jan 25, 2021
    "In the end it's all nice." I've put off watching "Requiem for a Dream" for forever given the grim subject matter. A recent re-review by Jeremy Jahns motivated me to finally watch it. And hoo-boy, what a bleak and brutal masterpiece. It's clearly Darron Aronofsky's best and most compelling work. The acting is phenomenal. The editing, cinematography, and filming style is just amazing and innovative. The way he brings to life four different character arcs such that we care about each and everyone of them shows an artist who is a master at his craft. For some reason I didn't have the passionate reaction to this as the many fans/critics that absolutely adore the movie. This may be a generational issue. Trainspotting was more to my personal liking which I think has to do with the soundtrack which for me really elevated it to a more re-watchable film. Trainspotting may have more comedy, but it can get super dark as well (the baby scene). Ultimately, this is clearly a movie classic that will stand the test of time.
    Mark B Super Reviewer
  • 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.
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  • Jul 25, 2015
    Aronofsky works his Midas touch.
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