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3.7
22,396 Ratings

Donnie Darko

Directed by Richard Kelly
United States, 2001
Cult, Fantasy, Mystery

Synopsis

A rebellious teenager is plagued by visions of a large demonic bunny rabbit who predicts the imminent end of the world—and that’s just the start of a bizarre supernatural journey through suburbia.

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Donnie Darko Directed by Richard Kelly
Kelly’s film is a conundrum wrapped in an enigma inside a valentine… It’s the cult film as supercollider physics experiment: What would happen if, for example, particles of the Buffyverse would be “smushed” up with the gravitational tangents of Paul Thomas Anderson’s Magnolia? Darko’s “Mad World” montage is a partial answer.
April 25, 2017
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The effect is visually subtle, but it creates an aura of depression and anxiety, which is echoed in Gyllenhaal’s downcast gaze and slumped-over neck and shoulders, suggesting that the knowledge in his head is too heavy to bear. Donnie Darko would be unimaginable without Gyllenhaal’s performance, still the most memorable of a fine career.
March 31, 2017
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It looks more and more like one of the essential American movies of this decade. Any movie that keeps its secrets this beautifully—even after two viewings, even with 20 semi-“explanatory” minutes added, even with a plot that seems so overdetermined from the outset—any movie like this will be reckoned with for years to come.
May 10, 2005
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