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Based on 21 Reviews
critic reviews (10)
fan reviews ( 1 )
  • 50
    Bob Graham San Francisco Chronicle

    If this movie ever figured out what it wanted to be when it grows up, it would be a terrific one. show more

  • 60
    Elizabeth Weitzman New York Daily News

    The flaws are more than balanced out by the risks the earnest Kelly encourages his excellent cast to take. show more

  • 88
    Maitland McDonagh TV Guide

    David Lynch lite. show more

  • 88
    Desson Thomson Washington Post

    Appealingly, the movie has a certain lightness -- like the aforementioned butterfly -- which makes its foreboding qualities surprisingly user-friendly. show more

  • 75
    Lou Lumenick New York Post

    Most experienced filmmakers wouldn't even attempt a film that's so blackly funny, that so rapidly shifts genres and tone, and that layers late '80s cultural references so thickly, from "E.T." to Smurfs. show more

  • 63
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    Donnie Darko is the one that got away. But it was fun trying to land it. show more

  • 63
    Boston Globe

    The debut feature from 26-year-old director Richard Kelly shows plenty of promise, but it's somewhat self-involved and won't appeal to audiences who like a straightforward -- even if fantastical -- narrative. show more

  • 38
    Michael Wilmington Chicago Tribune

    Just another self-absorbed teen chronicle, with the added twist of a little time travel and a surprise ending. show more

  • 80
    Michael Atkinson Mr. Showbiz

    The nerviest, oddest, most outlandish and idiosyncratic American indie debut since "Buffalo 66," Richard Kelly's Donnie Darko defies description. show more

  • 40
    Chris Gore Film Threat

    This is really one of those Rorschach test films. You either love it or hate it. For those who loved it, I have only one word: overrated. show more

  • August 13, 2011 uj00000000097480
    Report This User

    absolutely brilliant, one of my favorite movies

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