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  • 75
    San Francisco Chronicle

    To members of the Darko cult, this may not be an improvement, but it could help this compelling and extremely moving film find the audience it deserves. show more

  • 63
    Elizabeth Weitzman New York Daily News

    Immensely moving and strikingly original, Kelly's story of a brilliant, disturbed teen (Jake Gyllenhaal) drowning in the cultural morass of the 1980s now feels bloated. show more

  • 100
    David Sterritt Christian Science Monitor

    The director's cut of this 2001 cult fantasy is a deliriously subtle exploration of storytelling possibilities, and a deliciously wry teen-pic to boot. Brilliant. show more

  • 88
    Robert K. Elder Chicago Tribune

    With 20 additional minutes of screen time, the director's cut of Richard Kelly's genre-splicing "Donnie Darko" offers new viewers a second chance to discover his mind-bending masterwork. show more

  • 88
    Boston Globe

    The director's cut has been getting a much warmer critical reception than the original release, but not necessarily because it's significantly better. show more

  • 88
    Lawrence Toppman Charlotte Observer

    The longer film makes Donnie's intentions clearer, explains the time-travel theme better and also leaves us in no doubt as to Frank's identity. show more

  • 75
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    The director's cut adds footage that enriches and extends the material but doesn't alter its tone. It adds footnotes that count down to a deadline, but without explaining the nature of the deadline or the usefulness of the countdown. show more

  • 80
    Empire

    If you're returning for more Donnie, you'll still have tears in your eyes come the sublime Mad World conclusion. If it's your first viewing, you should still be wowed by an astounding masterpiece. But this is undoubtedly the lesser of the two cuts, and since you have the choice, you should stick with version one. show more

  • 75
    Portland Oregonian

    Longer cut's slapdash additions make a cool, ambiguous film more literal; original 2001 version is far better. show more

  • 100
    Dennis Lim Village Voice

    Obsessives will be familiar with the "new" material (almost all available on the original DVD), which elaborates on the time-travel metaphysics and tightens the emotional screws. Donnie (Jake Gyllenhaal) shares one additional tender exchange with each family member show more

  • August 13, 2011 uj00000000097480
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    absolutely brilliant, one of my favorite movies

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