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Requiem for a Dream Reviews

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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.
Full Review | Original Score: A
February 20, 2014
As uncompromising a work of art as you can ever view.
Full Review | Original Score: A
September 20, 2011
A staccato narrative parallels the experiences and hallucinations of a woman on drugs with those of her son and his friends.
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.
Full Review | Original Score: B
May 14, 2011
Translating this into a music video would make a lot more sense than the film does in present form
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
July 6, 2010
Unfortunately, about halfway through, the film takes a (deliberate) nosedive into the depths of human degradation from which it never emerges.
September 8, 2009
A gut-wrenching, formally adventurous masterpiece or an ugly, flashy piece of empty-headed propaganda?
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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.
Read More | Original Score: 5/5
July 14, 2007
Yes, visually this is an exhilarating, unique film. But it is also a singularly difficult and challenging film to watch.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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.
Full Review | Original Score: A
December 30, 2006
If Aronofsky set out to make Trainspotting look like Teletubbies, he succeeded. Recommended only for those with extremely strong stomachs.
July 24, 2006
Requiem for a Dream is meant to have a hallucinatory, mesmerizing quality, but it manages to be about as enlightening as a bad acid trip.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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.
May 26, 2006
Requiem for a Dream is a great movie, and the few of us who see it will be acutely affected.
February 24, 2006
There's a wholehearted commitment in every frame toward synthesizing the feeling of hopeless addiction. It's in the writing. It's in the chaotic cinematography. It's in the actors' eyes.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
December 6, 2005
With this movie, Aronofsky sends a couple of messages. One, of course, is about how much habitual drug use can fuel your delusions and what that combination can take away from you. The other message is that the director is now a major American filmmaker.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
October 1, 2005
It's the type of experience that you will never cry at in the theater, but will cry at long after, as the message fully sinks in.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
February 21, 2004
An unordinary, highly stylized, gritty hyperkinetic junkie movie -- unlike anything you've seen before.
Full Review | Original Score: A+
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