Donnie Darko

Donnie Darko

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Donnie Darko

The mind-bending story of the titular teenager (Jake Gyllenhaal), who is plagued by blackouts and bizarre visions that may involve time travel...

Richard Kelly's 2001 cult hit is one self-assured debut. Effortlessly jumping between coming-of-age drama and big unwieldy sci-fi ideas, Donnie Darko manages to feel both frighteningly universal and intensely personal. It was also heavily informed by the '80s setting, which provided a dynamite soundtrack and invoked beneficial comparisons to the great Spielbergian fantasy films of the era.

2001Rating: MA15+, for language, some drug use and violence113 minsUSA
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Variety

Variety

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A sprawling, surprising, often muddled plunge into the feverish imagination of a disturbed teenager.

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Total Film

Total Film

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A dazzling achievement. It'll have your brain doing exhilarating somersaults.

5.0
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The New York Times

The New York Times

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Kelly is unable to give the movie the kind of pacing that would make us laugh and shock us simultaneously, because he's too infatuated with an aura of hand-me-down gloom.

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Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert

press

This set-up and development is fascinating, the payoff less so.

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

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Most [problems] stem from a young filmmaker overswinging on his first time up to the plate and hitting a deep fly out rather than a home run.

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Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

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A mini-masterpiece that marks the arrival of brave new talents in Gyllenhaal and Kelly. Cult glory beckons.

4.0
0

Favourite film of all time

Donnie Darko while hard to grasp on the first viewing (unless you view the directors cut but we'll get to that later) is extremely entertaining and this is where one of the films strengths comes into play. Anyone can enjoy Donnie Darko, it has elements of almost every genre. Romance, sci-fi, horror, comedy, mystery, drama, you name it it's probably in...

5.0
0

Cult Class

Great mind-boggling sci-fi black comedy indy flick. Shame the director proved to be a one-hit wonder, flash in the pan. Avoid his second effort at all costs (Richard Kelly's awful, pretentious tosh, SOUTHLAND TALES) - but see this!

5.0
0

Classic

A complete cult classic. This movie has many memorable lines including a fantastic speech by Donnie about why Smurfs are asexual. Dark comedy and a gripping story combine and are led by a gripping performance by a brooding Jake Gyllenhaal. He is tormented by a giant bunny rabbit who tells him the world is going to end in 28 days - This sets up a deadline...

5.0
0
Variety

Variety

press

A sprawling, surprising, often muddled plunge into the feverish imagination of a disturbed teenager.

0
Total Film

Total Film

press

A dazzling achievement. It'll have your brain doing exhilarating somersaults.

5.0
0
The New York Times

The New York Times

press

Kelly is unable to give the movie the kind of pacing that would make us laugh and shock us simultaneously, because he's too infatuated with an aura of hand-me-down gloom.

0
Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert

press

This set-up and development is fascinating, the payoff less so.

0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

Most [problems] stem from a young filmmaker overswinging on his first time up to the plate and hitting a deep fly out rather than a home run.

0
Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

A mini-masterpiece that marks the arrival of brave new talents in Gyllenhaal and Kelly. Cult glory beckons.

4.0
0

Favourite film of all time

Donnie Darko while hard to grasp on the first viewing (unless you view the directors cut but we'll get to that later) is extremely entertaining and this is where one of the films strengths comes into play. Anyone can enjoy Donnie Darko, it has elements of almost every genre. Romance, sci-fi, horror, comedy, mystery, drama, you name it it's probably in...

5.0
0

Cult Class

Great mind-boggling sci-fi black comedy indy flick. Shame the director proved to be a one-hit wonder, flash in the pan. Avoid his second effort at all costs (Richard Kelly's awful, pretentious tosh, SOUTHLAND TALES) - but see this!

5.0
0

Classic

A complete cult classic. This movie has many memorable lines including a fantastic speech by Donnie about why Smurfs are asexual. Dark comedy and a gripping story combine and are led by a gripping performance by a brooding Jake Gyllenhaal. He is tormented by a giant bunny rabbit who tells him the world is going to end in 28 days - This sets up a deadline...

5.0
0