Donnie Darko

Donnie Darko

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: R16, Violence and offensive language113 minsUSA
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Donnie Darko / Reviews

Variety

Variety

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

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Total Film

Total Film

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

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The New York Times

The New York Times

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

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

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

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

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

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