Donnie Darko

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: Science fiction , Fantasy

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

Distributors: Newmarket Film Group

Keywords: Dark, Brooding, 2000s

Ratings & Reviews

  • 100
    David SterrittChristian 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. ElderChicago 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

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