Strange movie but interesting to see many well known actors in their early days or in the case of Katherine Ross - later days. Found the ending didn't answer all my questions though.
Most irritating film in ages! Total nonsense. Only for silly teenagers.
This title runs two storylines. The overt one is Donnie's paranormal life and experiences. The other is a commentary on US suburban life and it's social institutions especially the reactionary approach of the media. Coupled with this is some great acting by all.
Deep, strange, entertaining and brilliant! I would suggest watching it at least two times. In fact, the more times you watch it, the more you will get from it. Great soundtrack.
You have to watch this at least two or three times. Trust me it's worth it. Absolutely mind blowing.
mmmm, definitely thought prevoking - im really on the fence with this one
wierd arty crap not worth the postage
Fantastic but errie movie. This movie is wonderfully acted and much better than I expected. It is one of those movies where you feel as if the story continued beyond the film due to the realistic characterisation. It is a very interesting construct -is he mad? or does he know more than us? The count down made me a little paranoid and mad world playing as the credits rolled was the black icing on the errie cake. One of the best all round movies i have ever seen and it is still as powerful as the first time I watched it.
I honestly can't understand what all the hype is about. It was stupid if you ask me.
total utter rubbish! The ending didn't make sense at all!
This is a great movie. Well made. Great soundtrack. Can't actually tell you anything about it without spoiling the whole thing. Maybe this- requires a sophisticated movie audience and is not for the faint hearted or children. It has a rather poignant ending which isn???t exactly cheery.
was ok but not as good as i was expecting from the reviews.
It was suggested that I watch this movie, I was told that it had become a cult movie. Well I really enjoyed it, its dark moments and the storyline. Loved it
Dark and thought provoking. Good film.
A cult classic for a reason. It's a film that will get you in. What does it mean...what is it all about? After the third and fourth viewing you'll enjoy it even more.
Unadulterated rubbish. Do not waste your time. Badly made. Baground music drowns out what is being said.
Excellent. Better than the directors cut (which dumbed it down a bit)
Do you get frustrated with movies that aret difficult to understand? Don't watch this! If you can make sense of it all then you are doing well! Dark, mysterious, weird, intriguing, unique.
This is a fantastic movie that real life brother and sister, Jake and Maggie Gyllenhaal don't even crack a mention as the stars. I highly enjoyed the movie and it makes you think way after the movie has ended
Difficult to watch. Good acting. Really need to concentrate for the whole movie though..
I was really looking forward to this as it has received tome incredible reviews. I was more than a little disappointed when the credits rolled at the end.
The plot is difficult to follow at times and you often wonder what is happening from one scene to the next. When you finally make some sense of it the movie is over and you wonder what happened? This one was a tad too weird for me.
one of the most amazing movies ive ever seen. do urself a favor and hire it out!
We stuck with it for half an hour then called it quits.
I still don't get this movie to weird for me
One of the most amazing movies I have seen! The Idea is completely origional. You're not meant to understand this movie but why should you. Every time you rewatch this movie You'll find something new.
I loved it! and It has a great song at the end!!!
I'm still not sure about this movie. It gets you involved at some stages, only to totally lose you again. In the end, I had no idea what had happended and had to look it up on Wikipedia to find out what the hell the ending meant!
The best Movie ever ....Leaves you Thinking "WhatTha!!!!!" Did or Didn't He A definate must See...Cross Between Sci-fi and Mystery And Total Chaos... If you want a thinking Movie Then This Is for you....Great Acting from all Involved...Good Nights entertainment.....For All The family
i like movies that like this one
A bit disjointed but be patient as it all makes sense in the end.
This is a baffling highly original psychological thriller that probably requires several viewings to make sense of its many themes. Despite comical moments, it’s dark undertones made it uncomfortable for me. However, I recognise the brilliance of writer and director Richard Kelly who has made a cult classic.
Maybe it's like a David Lynch movie? Maybe I should watch it again. Great performance by Jake G
This is the most disappointing movie I have seen for a long while. Confused, confusing - what did happen in the end anyway? And slow paced as well. Just a complete dud!
This is a mind messer, revolves around a boy who travels through time. Is a bit like Sliding Doors and The Butterfly Effect watch if you liked those movies, but have your thinking cap on.
Brilliant original story.
Mindblowing. A movie that deserves its very own oscar night.
A rather dark film with a scary rabbit. It does have it's funny moments. Favourite quote- "Sometimes I doubt your commitment to Sparkle Motion."
As one reviewer put it " you cannot turn your brain off for one minute". You have to watch this movie at least two or three times to fully comprehend the intricateness of the storyline, but it is absolutely brilliant in every way. I wouldn't class it as a "cult" movie though most people seem to do that. Maybe it's just because it is a very deep "thinking person's" movie and one has to have superior intelligence to understand it. Excellent directing by Richard Kelly and an outstanding performance by Jake Gyllenhaal. A must watch movie, but you have to see it more than once. Enjoy !
Bizarre is not a strong enough word but the excellent cast and strong visuals suck you into this movie. I'm still not exactly sure what happened though.
An excellent movie! Original and funny. Loved it!
The Directors Cut version of this movie is definitely better than this version. For starters, the Directors Cut includes snippets from the book, "The Philosophy Of Time Travel", that is given to Donnie at the beginning of the movie. Coming to grips with the content of that book is central to following the movie. If you haven't seen this movie before, I would recommend you watch the Directors Cut version rather than this version.
I didn't like it. Americans seem obsessed with introspection - I would rather be entertained.
One of the best films I've seen out of the U.S. Loved the play of darkness, time travel and disturbed protagonist. Additionally - and I don't normally mention it - the score is excellent.
I loved this film! I was expecting to be a bit spooked by it (which I was) but it is also incredibly touching. A real masterpiece.
Donnie Darko is a movie of love and hate; fear and courage; art and science; reality and not reality; popular and unpopular; normal and abnormal...all set in a dark macabre 80's high school. What more can you ask for? Though the movie touches on time travel and the possibilities, it really is about comparing and contrasting polar opposites in a clever and at times very funny way. The soundtrack is great and brings flashes of my 80's past before my eyes. This one is not to be missed!
This is an intriguing movie which captures your attention and holds it throughout. The acting is gently underplayed and believable. The mundane is intermixed with the extraordinary so the viewer accepts the situation and becomes involved. You come to care about the characters. I was greatly saddened by the film and the mood lasted for hours afterward. Any film which is so evocative deserves all the accolades it achieves.
Highly weird atmospheric movie! Needs to be watched a few times.
Not sure about this one. Very strange, sureal story and that is not my style. Probably that's why I don't rate is very high.
Watching Richard Kelly's feature film debut, one is overcome with the exciting sensation of never having seen anything like it before. Its ambitious shifts in genre, between sci-fi, drama, comedy, satire, thriller and horror, are not always handled with flawless ease. However, the conviction with which Kelly treats his vision and the sheer originality of the work itself ensure its placement as one of the best Independent American realises of 2001. The work by the entire cast is uniformly superb, but it is the performances of Jake Gyllenhaal as the tortured hero and Mary McDonnell as his clueless mother that have true reasonance. Many critics have denounced the science behind the films sci-fi plot, arguing the conclusion of the film makes no sense. I have watched the film many times and am still clueless to how the concept of time travel is supposed to function in this film. This fact, however, is not detrimental to the films success. Its enjoyable to find a Hollywood feature where everything is not spelled out for the audience; where one is not left with all the answers. Ultimately the slight confusion one feels at the end of this film does not dilute the immense power and poignance of the conclusion. See Donnie Darko, it will blow you away.
Not what I expected, but very cool. One of those flicks you have to watch twice.
fabulously dark and macabre, loved it
Weird, bizarre, strange but different in a good way. The soundtrack is hauntingly beautiful, after two viewings I still haven't pieced it all together, it's like as soon as you think you've finished the jigsaw, it's upended and you have to start all over again! Too much thinking about this movie could cause a mind meltdown! Highly enjoyable, nice to see something different than the usual Hollywood formula teen movies.