Requiem for a Dream Reviews

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September 20, 2011
A staccato narrative parallels the experiences and hallucinations of a woman on drugs with those of her son and his friends.
June 24, 2006
Burnished camerawork and ex-Pop Will Eat Itself head Mansell's part-punchy, part-elegiac score reinforce and counterpoint the increasingly nightmarish visuals.
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April 5, 2002
August 27, 2001
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 20, 2001
May 8, 2001
[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.
November 3, 2018
While a whiff of symbolism softens the horror elements in Pi, no such escape is provided in Requiem for a Dream (2000)...
September 12, 2017
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.
February 20, 2014
As uncompromising a work of art as you can ever view.
July 18, 2011
Aronofsky's second feature is an emotionally intense, relentlessly grim tale of forms of addiction that may rely too much on montage to achieve real dramatic impact.
May 14, 2011
Translating this into a music video would make a lot more sense than the film does in present form
September 17, 2010
"Dream" glamorizes nothing en route to a near-nauseating finale, which feels like a rollercoaster car hitched off the track and hurtled into hell's depths. A decade later, it still follows through with full force on its cautionary stomach punch.
July 6, 2010
Unfortunately, about halfway through, the film takes a (deliberate) nosedive into the depths of human degradation from which it never emerges.
December 8, 2009
Shocking, grim addiction saga worth discussing.
September 8, 2009
Doesn't demand an upgrade for those who already own the standard-definition release, but the Blu-ray release is nevertheless an improvement in the presentation of Aronofsky's horrific vision.
September 8, 2009
A gut-wrenching, formally adventurous masterpiece or an ugly, flashy piece of empty-headed propaganda?
May 16, 2009
"Requiem For A Dream" is a movie about drug addiction, but that's only where the plot resides so the thoroughly drawn characters can work toward their imperfect dreams. Cinema history has been made with this
August 2, 2008
One of the most powerful I have ever seen. The film's score and editing will haunt you for years to come.
July 14, 2007
Yes, visually this is an exhilarating, unique film. But it is also a singularly difficult and challenging film to watch.
June 21, 2007
Seldom has a film so powerfully affected me as Requiem for a Dream has -- affected, in this case, as if my eyes and psyche have been bludgeoned.
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