Donnie Darko
Donnie Darko (2001)

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.… More

Rated: R
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Release Date: March 19, 2002
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80%



Critic Score: 85% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Richard Kelly's debut feature Donnie Darko is a daring, original vision, packed with jarring ideas and intelligence and featuring a remarkable performance from Jake Gyllenhaal as the troubled title character.

Lisa Alspector
Chicago Reader

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.

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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly

Excitingly original indie vision.

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R. L. Shaffer
IGN DVD

An incredibly fascinating, star-making film that never fails to intrigue.

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Todd McCarthy
Variety

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.

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Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com

A stunning technical accomplishment that virtually bursts with noise, ideas and references.

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James Plath
Movie Metropolis

Donnie Darko is a bit like a teenager: brooding, complex, rebellious, and difficult to comprehend.

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Loren King
Boston Globe

Shows plenty of promise, but it's somewhat self-involved and won't appeal to audiences who like a straightforward -- even if fantastical -- narrative.

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Melanie McFarland
Seattle Times

First-time director-writer Richard Kelly draws on a number of intriguing elements ... without including a single, crucial gem that pulls everything together.

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Nick Schager
Lessons of Darkness

Defines itself through sustained mood, otherworldly intrigue and deep, abiding humanism.

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Flixster Audience Score: 80% Flixster User Reviews
Wildaly M
Incredible movie, completely underrated. Donnie Darko is the most unlikely hero of the small town of Middlesex in this amazing, original film. It may require… More
Matthew Samuel Mirliani
A triumph in cinema. One of the best, most original films I have ever seen. Wonderfully crafted, and exceptionally written and acted, Donnie Darko is both an… More
Bruce Bruce
I'm not sure what I'm supposed to come away from Donnie Darko with, I would say that this is a very clever film, or a very clueless one. ( I Think)… More
Dead Angel
I watched this mainly for Jake :D My he was really good in here. Thought the movie was a bit messed up. It was a bit complicated for my taste.
Dan Schultz
A wickedly smart, savvy supernatural thriller from the mind of one-hit wonderkid Richard Kelly about a mentally disturbed boy (Jake Gyllenhaal) who is harassed… More
Sanjay Rema
The story is a solid psychological thriller that comes together by the end, for the most part. My biggest problem with this film is that you have to subscribe… More

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