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The Fountain Reviews

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Josh Bell
Las Vegas Weekly
November 22, 2006
A feature-length fortune cookie.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Thomas Caldwell
Cinema Autopsy
November 22, 2006
The Fountain is a giant step backwards into New Age nonsense.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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
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James Berardinelli
November 21, 2006
Technically, this is an impressive motion picture, but the fragmented story results in poor character development and Aronofsky's clinical approach limits identification.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
November 23, 2006
A tagline has been affixed to the campaign -- 'What if you could live forever?' -- and it has a certain resonance, especially after seeing the film, which makes 96 minutes seem like eternity.
Luke Goodsell
Empire Magazine Australasia
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
Brett Michel
Boston Phoenix
July 6, 2010
A metaphysical muddle.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Michael A. Smith
Nolan's Pop Culture Review
December 13, 2006
"Let's end this," Tomas exclaims at the film's beginning. Too bad it takes another ninety five minutes to get the deed done.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
November 27, 2006
This is one of the worst movies of the year.
Victoria Alexander
October 30, 2006
I've taken the same entheogens many times. But I never cried.
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Dezhda Gaubert
E! Online
November 21, 2006
A little surrealism to advance the theme of the movie is brave; a lot of tedious navel-gazing is just selfish.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Rob Vaux
Flipside Movie Emporium
November 21, 2006
For all the thunderous beauty on-screen, its profundities exist more in the concept than the execution.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Mark R. Leeper
November 29, 2006
Mystic pizza. Aronofsky is less interested in coherence than in creating New Age-ish cosmic images.
Full Review| Original Score: 4/10
Sandra Hall
Sydney Morning Herald
January 26, 2007
How can so much style, talent and money be squandered in the service of such blatant airheadedness?
Cole Smithey
November 19, 2006
Darren Aronofsky is a stylistically visionary director trapped by the limitations of his writing abilities. The Fountain works best as a high-concept sci-fi film with all of its seams showing.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
November 22, 2006
Guys like Darren Aronofsky give auteurs a bad name.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Christy Lemire
Associated Press
November 20, 2006
It's as if Aronofsky was so consumed with the film's elaborately contrived aesthetics that he took no time for a little thing called character development.
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
November 21, 2006
Though his movie is visually inventive, writer/director Darren Aronofsky has fashioned a ponderous, overblown, genre-bending mess.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
David Cornelius
November 21, 2006
It's Solaris by someone who can mimic the visual beauty of that work but cannot replicate the soul of the it.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Christopher Null
November 21, 2006
interesting without being enthralling, pretty without being striking, and somber without being ominous
| Original Score: 3/5
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