Donnie Darko
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Donnie (Jake Gyllenhaal) is a bright and charming high-school student who also has a dark and willfully eccentric side; he does little to mask his contempt for many of his peers and enjoys challenging the authority of the adults around him. Donnie is also visited on occasion by Frank, a monstrous six-foot rabbit that only Donnie can see who often urges him to perform dangerous and destructive pranks. Late one night, Frank leads Donnie out of his home to inform him that the world will come to an end in less than a month; moments later, the engine of a jet aircraft comes crashing through the… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 85%

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"Kelly is a supple and courageous storyteller, boldly free-associating as he mixes parody and satire with earnest psychodrama and coming up with plot points no one could anticipate."
‑ Lisa Alspector, Chicago Reader
"Excitingly original indie vision."
‑ Lisa Schwarzbaum, Entertainment Weekly
"An incredibly fascinating, star-making film that never fails to intrigue."
‑ R. L. Shaffer, IGN DVD
"A decidedly weird time-travel drama that puzzled viewers so much that many went back to see it again and again... Unfortunately, Kelly's extended version diminishes the film's impact."
‑ Jason Best, Movie Talk
"The film...asks the question: what if the universe as we live it, not just as we theorize it, really isn't as we imagine it? In making the mundane as bottomless as the cosmic, Donnie Darko has the guts to remain a riddle itself."
‑ Nick Davis, Nick's Flick Picks
"Donnie Darko has plenty of problems. But most 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."
‑ Todd McCarthy, Variety
"A stunning technical accomplishment that virtually bursts with noise, ideas and references."
‑ Andrew O'Hehir,
"Donnie Darko is a bit like a teenager: brooding, complex, rebellious, and difficult to comprehend."
‑ James Plath, Movie Metropolis
"Maybe Richard Kelly's fate is to be the cult-film circuit's Michael Cimino. He has yet to match the mood or magnitude of his debut - a collision of time-travel sci-fi, commentary on '80s malaise and teen angst that's simultaneously witty and poignant."
‑ Nick Rogers,
"The drowsy surrealism and elaborate inconclusiveness of Donnie Darko will simultaneously guarantee it a rabid cult and put it way off limits to the don't-get-its."
‑ Rob Gonsalves,
"Shows plenty of promise, but it's somewhat self-involved and won't appeal to audiences who like a straightforward -- even if fantastical -- narrative."
‑ Loren King, Boston Globe
"First-time director-writer Richard Kelly draws on a number of intriguing elements ... without including a single, crucial gem that pulls everything together."
‑ Melanie McFarland, Seattle Times
"Defines itself through sustained mood, otherworldly intrigue and deep, abiding humanism."
‑ Nick Schager, Lessons of Darkness
"A brilliant and truly incredible piece of art that deserves to be watched..."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"The directors cut of Donnie Darko by Richard Kelly was screened at the Venice Film Festivals a couple of years ago, a film I missed for sure when it was released in 2001 and one of those pearls like Blade Runner that just is haunting screening after scree"
‑ Moira Sullivan, Movie Magazine International
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