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Donnie Darko, 2001

Donnie Darko
Directed by: Richard Kelly
Written by: Richard Kelly
Language:  English
Country:  USA
Runtime:  113 min
MPAA Rating:  R
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The mood of Donnie Darko is tense, atmospheric, and offbeat. The plot centers around suburban life, teenage love, and social misfits. It features satire. Donnie Darko is a drama, independent, and fantasy movie. Stylistically, it is postmodernist and is surreal. In approach, it is serious. Donnie Darko takes place, at least partly, in the suburbs. The setting is Virginia. It happens in the 1980s. The musical score of Donnie Darko is pop, alternative, and rock. The movie is known for being a cult favorite, essential viewing, and critically acclaimed. It is especially suggested for teens. Note that Donnie Darko includes profanity and violent content.

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Donnie Darko (2001)
Donnie Darko


Writer-director Richard Kelly's bold debut film is a social satire, a dark comedy, a science fiction... more


Language: English
Country: USA
Release date: 30 January 2002
Runtime: 113 min

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Jake Gyllenhaal Jake Gyllenhaal As Donnie Darko
Jena Malone Jena Malone As Gretchen Ross
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A stunning technical accomplishment that virtually bursts with noise, ideas and references, but it's fundamentally a gracefully crafted movie that's about human beings and not images.
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Kelly, the 26-year-old writer-director of this excitingly original indie vision, shares more artistically with Wes Anderson or Paul Thomas Anderson than he does with Spielberg or John Hughes, but the point is, he's out on his own here. He swings big...
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Users Reviews

02.May.2015 |  by: Bramm Watkin
Bramm Watkin rated this title
great movie
04.April.2015 |  by: mia.rae
mia.rae rated this title
Time is a web.
30.December.2014 |  by: Charity BrannonLavia
Charity BrannonLavia rated this title
It's one of those films that would leave you speechless. The tone is similar to Catcher In the Rye. If you enjoy dark movies like Heather, I stg you will love this.
28.October.2014 |  by: vagianna
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25.October.2014 |  by: Nastiia Biz
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one of the few movies that has left me actually speechless. It wasn't just sad, it wasn't just entertaining, it was a film that made me sit down and contemplate reality. An experience similar to reading "catcher in the rye" (if you actually gave a...
02.January.2014 |  by: zephur
zephur rated this title
Life Changing Film!
This is a extremely gripping film. love the irony. Read Graham Greene "The Destructors" thank you Richard Kelly
20.June.2013 |  by: Brian
Brian rated this title
good but had much more potential
This movie was really interesting for the most part but I wasn't a fan of the ending. I had to read some reviews to fully understand the ending and it sounds pretty interesting but I don't think most people would understand the ending without...
18.April.2012 |  by: ff7_squirrelman
ff7_squirrelman rated this title
A Real Work Of Art
For me , Some movies are just unique . " Fight Club " , " Eternal Sunshine Of the Spotless Mind " and " Amelie " to name a few . today , I add " Donnie Darko " to these list . This Mind-Blowing movie is a masterful mixture of Psychology Thrillers...
17.January.2012 |  by: Nikan
Nikan rated this title
This is something different
This is one movie that will blow your mind. It's very strange and unexpected, but in a good way. When the movie ends you stay with a craving for more.. but there isn't any.. so you watch it again.
05.February.2011 |  by: onearmfrog
onearmfrog rated this title
There's no there there. Really, there isn't. I _do_ like 'different' movies. I _do_ like mind-bending plots. I like movies that I find myself thinking about weeks and months later. This is not one of those movies. I sat through to the end hoping for...
11.June.2009 |  by: jostrem
jostrem rated this title
A tight storyline that doesn't reveal much until the end, yet it kept us mesmerized wanting more. I enjoyed the movie, but found myself thinking about it more and more in the days afterwards. Strange..indeed. Enjoyable...definitely. The cast is...
21.April.2009 |  by: Christopher Lee
Christopher Lee rated this title
Set to Tears for Fear's unusually substantial 1985 single "Head Over Heels," the back-to-school scene brought a houseful of my noisy guests to an awed hush. That Richard Kelly has spun such a beautiful movie, with its slow-motion amateur dancers,...
22.March.2009 |  by: thattherepaul
thattherepaul rated this title
Every few years a young filmaker unloads on the unsuspecting public a movie far too well-done for his/her experience - a film that succeeds both as an original personal vision and a polished, challenging piece of celluloid. Like Hal Hartley's...
19.March.2009 |  by: garys67
garys67 rated this title
Such a great film--very interesting and important to listen to the director discuss the deleted scenes. Had it been better marketed it would have been a smash. If you liked "Memento" you'll love this.
17.March.2009 |  by: Tim Johnson
Tim Johnson rated this title
This movie asks a strange question and gives an in-depth and stylized answer in a film medium, an answer that is both sci-fi and spiritual. What if the young man that everyone sees as a "troubled teen" is really troubled by the actual things he is...
16.March.2009 |  by: John Kelly
John Kelly rated this title
So much less than it claims
This movie reminds of the Strawbs song "Heavy Disguise" with the line "…fools must pretend to be wise we've a faith that we use a heavy disguise." Originally the song was written about religion, but it fits this movie. The movie claims to be...
31.July.2008 |  by: ccaprica
ccaprica rated this title
A great movie, more than meets the eye
This movie, although claiming to be science fiction about time travel, is so much more. Of course, its exploration of time travel is amazing, showing us all the opportunities and possibilities, and even trying to teach us some science. It features...
31.July.2008 |  by: uber1
uber1 rated this title
Great movie
I can't even explain the brilliance of this movie.
29.July.2008 |  by: kyle007
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