Pi (1998)

Pi (1998)

Pi (1998)

The debut feature from Darren Aronofsky (Black Swan), this 1998 black-and-white thriller follows a paranoid math genius who believes the future could be predicted through numbers and calculations.

1998Rating: M, Violence & offensive language84 minsUSA
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Pi (1998) / Reviews

Chicago Reader

Chicago Reader

Pi turns what should be a metaphoric relationship into a stupefyingly literal-minded thriller.

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The New York Times

The New York Times

As smart as it is, Pi is awfully hard to watch... it has the style and attitude of a no-budget midnight movie.

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San Francisco Chronicle

San Francisco Chronicle

It's an interesting technique: drive the audience crazy before you do the same to the main character.

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BBC

BBC

Pi is a lesson to aspiring film makers everywhere: perfect your skills, be original, be bold... Startlingly good cinema.

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Salon

Salon

The movie's low-budget look neatly matches the claustrophobia of Max's life...

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Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

With a lot of simple but effective optical and aural tricks to suggest the workings of Max's unusual mind, this is one of the most intimate movies in recent memory.

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Variety

Variety

It's remarkable to what extent Aronofsky has rendered the cerebral kinetically intense.

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Time Out

Time Out

Maths meets millennial doom in one of the decade's true originals.

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Time Magazine

Time Magazine

Aronofsky... is that rare indie filmmaker who doesn't want to make hip romantic sitcoms. He's a genuine experimenter with a spooky visual style.

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BirthMoviesDeath

BirthMoviesDeath

(A) brash black and white gem...

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The Washington Post

The Washington Post

"Pi" may be the most engrossing piece of cyberpunk cinema yet-it took best director's prize at this year's Sundance Film Festival-but it could only have been made by a film student in the age of "The X-Files."

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Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert

“Pi” is a thriller. I am not very thrilled these days by whether the bad guys will get shot or the chase scene will end one way instead of another. You have to make a movie like that pretty skillfully before I care. But I am thrilled when a man risks his mind in the pursuit of a dangerous obsession.

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