Ellen Burstyn gives a bravura performance in this often harrowing movie, portraying a lonely naive older woman who inadvertently becomes addicted to uppers and is unable to understand what is happening to her. Other performances are also good (Leto, even Connelly - although she looks a lot older than Leto's slacker). It is certainly a tense piece of work. But it is so heavy handed!! The message is loud & clear, and repeated ad nauseum just in case you missed all the other unsubtle allusions: DRUGS. ARE. BAD. EVIL. FULL STOP. A bit more subtlety and this could have been a terrific film. As it is, it's not entertaining, it's not even informative - it's pure proselytising. 2.5/5
An intense film with a wonderful score by the Kronos Quartet.
More a horror movie than anything else. Lots of stylistic elements and special effects, all repeated ad nauseum. The same graphic of drug taking that appears numerous times gets tiresome. The whole story is harrowing in the extreme, which may be interesting for some, but just silly, depressing and boring otherwise.
Sloooooow but well done. Good wake up call for some.
This film will really set your teeth on edge. Confronting, brave cinema - amazing technically and artistically. Not for those who only like commercial films. This is heavy going, but ultimately rewarding. Ellen Burstyn is incredible. I needed a cup of tea and a lie-down by the time it ended. A real experience.
This movie really is a masterpiece. I felt shattered by the end of it. Ellen Burstyn was absolutely brilliant. I will be watching out for more movies by this director.
It's a masterpiece... a masterpiece that I recommended to some friends and now they don't ask me what movies I like. To say it's an intense experience is an understatement. Great acting, soundtrack, and story, and the book was still more jarring.
The most traumatising film I have ever seen. Brilliantly filmed. Stayed with me for days! Anyone additcted to drugs will think twice after watching this film.
Brilliant performance by Ellen Burstyn...very sad & disturbing. A Film that is not for the faint-hearted. Be prepared for shocking reality into the world of drug addiction and the madness that unfolds. One of my faves.
Could. Not. Stop. Weeping.
Couldn't look away. It was like a train wreck. Powerful, powerful film. Incredible.
It flows and falls like water. So intense, beautifully scored, powerfully acted and amazingly written. A masterpiece of devastation, chaos and disappear.
Possibly the best film ever.
The best part of the movie was definitely Ellen Burstyn's acting and the way she portrayed her character. The music I did find a bit unrelatable to the story (simply because for a small film it's really epic) however it did evoke many strong emotions when strong scenes occured. Jared Leto was good, and Jennifer Connelly was fantastic (as usual). I just thought this was a real knockout movie, and an eye opener in showing how you can become addicted to drugs without even knowing it.
Unrealistic - any heroin addict is not capable of getting themselves together after hanging out for 3 days. If you are feeling depressed don't watch this - you'll want to end it all. If you're not feeling depressed, you'll feel like at the end of it.
Neither the plot nor the characters were particularly interesting. The recurring music was monotonous and simply annoying by the end of the movie. boring.
Very troubling and unsettling but masterfully made.
A sad and unrewarding film.
Very disappointing given the reviews. Very quickly it became repetitive and tedious. There wasn't anything I found engaging about this film, nothing to keep me watching.
A good movie to show how the 'dream' can turn into a nightmare - definitely worth the watch!
Different but good. I really enjoyed this movie. I'm a big fan of Jared Leto. It takes you into the world of addiction. I've watched this movie several times now and it's still great.
It's strange to see a film that has been plagiarised in bits and pieces by everything and everyone, in particular the shots of the pupil of the eye opening. It clearly has a well deserved place in pop-culture iconography.
It's not often that a film about drugs deals with both illicit and legal substances, and hopefully will encourage people to think about what they mean when they talk about 'drug users'.
Wow. What an eye opener! One of those 'I think I'm going to be sick' eye openers. But a seriously out there movie. It really touched me. Not to mention Ellen Burstyn - AMAZING.
I don't recommend anyone to watch this film when they are feeling down. It is a sad and depressing film about a mother and her son, his girlfriend and a friend who gradually spiral out of control on drugs - both illegal and prescription - to cover up their miserable lives. Sadly, it only made matters worse. A hard film to get through.
Nicely done. Fast-paced (as it is intended to be) and a nice look at the not-so-good side of uppers. Well worth a watch.
A movie about the perils of addiction (both prescribed and illicit) which sets out to blungeon the viewer. There are no shades of grey here just blackness. In many ways its a hark back to those anti-drug movies from the 40's where lost youth descend into moral and physical decline. Still it doesn't glamorise the subject matter and attempts to give the viewer a taste (visually) of what a bad trip would be like.
Absolutely amazing - stays with you for a long time. One of my favorites now...
An excellent film, which steers well away from vapid sentimentality. Ellen Burstyn's performance is a tour de force. Not to be missed!
This movie was repugnant, repulsive, repellant, revolting, nauseating, dreadful, horrid, not to mention obnoxious. Steer clear of it unless you enjoy total degradation and pretentious film making.
a very well made movie. while i much enjoyed it it also disturbed me but only because it shows the real world of how drugs can effect your life a lot.
I'm still realing from this one, a very dark, graphic story, horrible because it's real.
It saddens me that this film is getting some bad reviews. It is a work of art. An absolutely fascinating and essential film about the lives of addicts. The directors composes the film with a visual language all his own.
Dark and despondant film examines vagaries of drug dependency and societal hyprocisy regarding prescription vs illegal drug abuse.
What I would call a ArtFilm that grasps the viewer showing them the effects of Drugs on the mind, the consequences and reality of taking them. Deals with both Youth and Seniors.
A little depressing. Not exactly a date movie.
A full scale movie. Uncensored and confrontational. I love it.
Watched 20 minutes and that was enough! Not what I was expecting.
Very good film, nearly a perfect review from me. Reminiscent of Trainspotting other drug related flix
Very memorable film ..... deals with the reality of drugs in a very "in your face" way.
A most depressing movie. It may be realistic but it is not entertaining.
A movie about legal and illegal drugs and how there's a thin line between the two.
One of the worst movies I've seen in a long time.
A very stark and confronting look at the evils of... pharmaceutics. Powerful, compelling, and definitely not for the faint-hearted.
An absolutely unforgettable film. Requiem for a Dream's intensity will blow you a way and engrave itself in your mind forever.
Amazing, shocking, brilliant. One of the best films I have seen for a long time and it is still running through my head 3 days later.
Disturbing. Excellent film making.
A story about people and their dreams falling apart in a very graphic & serious way.
An excellent mind job!
Excellent, memorable but harrowing.
Suprisingly good. Really innovative approach to the prickly topic of addiction. Amazing acting from Ellen Burstyn. Very black. But very memorable.
Very powerful & quite shocking. Watch it if you like movies which push the boudaries of reality & leave you feeling numb.