Requiem for a Dream - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

Requiem for a Dream Reviews

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Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
January 19, 2001
I'm not sure the meager insights in Requiem make it worth going there.
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
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
Christopher Null
January 1, 2000
All smoke and mirrors disguising a great, vapid emptiness.
| Original Score: 1.5/5
Jeremy Heilman
March 5, 2002
Unfortunately, I think Requiem for a Dream film fails to successfully meld style with substance.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
January 1, 2000
A slickly done, very depressive melodrama about those addicted to drugs and their dreams of happiness.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Wesley Morris
San Francisco Examiner
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.
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
[A] graphically depressing, downward spiral to hell.
| Original Score: 1.5/5
Michael W. Phillips, Jr.
Goatdog's Movies
February 28, 2002
One of the most nihilistic films I have ever seen.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Christopher Kelly
Fort Worth Star-Telegram/
January 19, 2001
If this is the future of cinema, I'd rather be home watching television.
John A. Nesbit
Old School Reviews
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-
Matt Noller
Slant Magazine
September 8, 2009
A gut-wrenching, formally adventurous masterpiece or an ugly, flashy piece of empty-headed propaganda?
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Jean Lowerison
San Diego Metropolitan
July 6, 2010
Unfortunately, about halfway through, the film takes a (deliberate) nosedive into the depths of human degradation from which it never emerges.
Jon Lap
Apollo Guide
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
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Ernest Hardy
January 1, 2000
[Aronofsky] shoots himself in the foot repeatedly.
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Susan Stark
Detroit News
January 1, 2000
It's a downer -- and far more because of Aronofsky's vanity than because of Selby's brutally candid story.
| Original Score: 1/4
James Verniere
Boston Herald
January 1, 2000
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Kevin Maynard
Mr. Showbiz
January 1, 2000
Disappointingly, the furor over Requiem for a Dream's rating is considerably more compelling than the film itself.
J. Rentilly
TNT's Rough Cut
January 1, 2000
Requiem wants to be about more than drug addiction ... Alas, Requiem is only about drug addiction.
Dave White
January 1, 2000
Pounds like a jackhammer without letting up, making for a punishing experience with only a few narrative rewards along the way.
David Elliott
San Diego Union-Tribune
January 1, 2000
Less filmed than assembled by an MTV task force committed to the final obliteration of subtlety.
Sam Adams
Philadelphia City Paper
January 1, 2000

National Post
January 1, 2000

Irish Times
September 7, 2001
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