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Requiem for a Dream Reviews

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January 19, 2001
I'm not sure the meager insights in Requiem make it worth going there.
October 6, 2000
Unfortunately, once Requiem for a Dream accumulates all this elaborate and suggestive paraphernalia, it plummets in an inexorable, almost mechanical spiral.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
January 1, 2000
All smoke and mirrors disguising a great, vapid emptiness.
| Original Score: 1.5/5
March 5, 2002
Unfortunately, I think Requiem for a Dream film fails to successfully meld style with substance.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
January 1, 2000
A slickly done, very depressive melodrama about those addicted to drugs and their dreams of happiness.
Full Review | Original Score: C
January 1, 2000
It's one of the most beautifully unpleasant movies ever made -- its reverse charge being that it is no fun at all.
January 1, 2000
[A] graphically depressing, downward spiral to hell.
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/5
February 28, 2002
One of the most nihilistic films I have ever seen.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
January 19, 2001
If this is the future of cinema, I'd rather be home watching television.
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 8, 2009
A gut-wrenching, formally adventurous masterpiece or an ugly, flashy piece of empty-headed propaganda?
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
July 6, 2010
Unfortunately, about halfway through, the film takes a (deliberate) nosedive into the depths of human degradation from which it never emerges.
March 6, 2002
... when the process of finding this meaning is mired in the storyteller's self-indulgent tendencies and harrowing repetitious visuals, the effort is rendered reprehensible.
Full Review | Original Score: 65/100
January 1, 2000
[Aronofsky] shoots himself in the foot repeatedly.
January 1, 2000
It's a downer -- and far more because of Aronofsky's vanity than because of Selby's brutally candid story.
Read More | Original Score: 1/4
January 1, 2000
| Original Score: 2.5/4
January 1, 2000
Disappointingly, the furor over Requiem for a Dream's rating is considerably more compelling than the film itself.
January 1, 2000
Requiem wants to be about more than drug addiction ... Alas, Requiem is only about drug addiction.
January 1, 2000
Pounds like a jackhammer without letting up, making for a punishing experience with only a few narrative rewards along the way.
January 1, 2000
Less filmed than assembled by an MTV task force committed to the final obliteration of subtlety.
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