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The Fountain Reviews

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February 20, 2014
Perhaps in twenty more years or so, [The Fountain] will be recognized for the utterly gorgeous masterpiece that it is.
Full Review | Original Score: A+
November 16, 2012
The enormous, and sometimes inspired, visual arc of Aronofsky's reach sadly exceeds his narrative's basic grasp.
| Original Score: 2/5
September 24, 2010
Visual alchemist Darren Aronofsky's most personal work is a double helix of love and loss - death entwined with life as existence's only reliable truths. It offers a transfixing merger of biological imperatives and musings on creativity and tragedy.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
July 6, 2010
A metaphysical muddle.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
July 6, 2010
It's difficult to recall another American film that, in pursuing a passionate and personal vision, goes so maddeningly, uproariously wrong.
August 28, 2009
The continuous sense of deeply felt discovery tempers the movie's overreaching pretentiousness
August 7, 2008
You can judge for yourself whether a money shot of semenesque tree-sap is a proper payoff, but the movie is at least texturally rich, tonally consistent (brooding, always) and much fussed over by its maker.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
July 7, 2008
This film raises an interesting question: How far is a viewer willing to follow a talented filmmaker down a rabbit hole, when it becomes clear that said filmmaker has lost his way?
February 13, 2008
It's a simple story told with Zen directness, its fingers deep in the age-old questions, its eyes and ears wide open to the sensual potential of cinema.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
January 23, 2008
So simple, so elaborate, and yet so utterly brilliant...
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
September 14, 2007
I will concede the film is not a great success. Too many screens of blinding lights. Too many transitions for their own sake. Abrupt changes of tone.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
July 14, 2007
Despite its flaws, it's still worth watching.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
July 6, 2007
Seldom in cinema has eschatology been treated with such intelligence, or inspired such aching awe.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
July 3, 2007
Yes, The Fountain is ridiculous, arguably pretentious, pining for your attention like a sixth grade emo kid. And I love it to pieces.
Full Review | Original Score: A
July 1, 2007
If one is to be left with something in the end, it is the realization that its creator is fully in love with not just the result of his art, but the very happening of it.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
June 21, 2007
It will no doubt find itself aging quite well, appreciated long after its (inevitably short) theatrical run.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
May 16, 2007
[I]ntrigues me intellectually, [but] it doesn't make me feel anything... But it's one of the more interesting cinematic failures I've ever seen.
May 14, 2007
Beautiful and profoundly moving...This is a film I want to see several more times.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
May 12, 2007
...more a middling entry in the message/sci-fi/fantasy genre than the groundbreaking venture its ponderous tone would lead us to believe.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
February 10, 2007
There are hints of David Lynch's similarly confusing Mulholland Drive and the marvellously bonkers ending of Stanley Kubrick's classic 2001: A Space Odyssey that will repel many more viewers than attract.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
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