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Release Date: October 26th, 2001

DVD Release Date: February 4th, 2003

R|1 hr 53 min

Plot Summary
In a funny, moving and distinctly mind-bending journey through suburban America, one extraordinary but disenchanted teenager is about to take Time's Arrow for a ride. After surviving a freak accident, Donnie (Jake Gyllenhaal) begins to explore what it means to be alive, and in short order to be in love, he uncovers secrets of the universe that give him a tempting power to alter time and destiny.

Cast: Jake Gyllenhaal, Jena Malone, Drew Barrymore, James Duval, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Mary McDonnell, Holmes Osborne, Katharine Ross

Director: Richard Kelly

Genres: Fantasy

Production Co: Adam Fields Productions, Flower Films, Pandora Cinema, Gaylord Films

Distributors: Newmarket Film Group

Ratings & Reviews

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  • 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

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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • David Lynch lite. show more

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