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Name: Colin Brown
Rating (1=bad, 5=good): 5
Review: Great film, great actors, great intense intellectual story, great ending, enough said, im buying this movie and soundtrack when they come out. period.


Name: Aniles
Rating (1=bad, 5=good): 4
Review: I WANT THE SOUNDTRACK TO THIS MOVIE!!! The revival of Tears for Fears almost disco turned ballad "Mad World" was a perfect touch to this movie that is both funny and emotionally disturbing..

Name: Jeremy
Rating (1=bad, 5=good): 5
Review: seen it twice - still can't get it out of my head - love the soundtrack

Name: jeremy
Rating (1=bad, 5=good): 5
Review: This is the best movie I have ever seen. I have never seen a movie with so much truth. I walked out of this movie speechless. Come see this movie and expand your mind.

Name: Joe
Rating (1=bad, 5=good): 5
Review: All I can say is that I never contact anyone or anything about their art, but in this particular case, in this particular movie, and I suppose at this particular time in my life it really affected me. I think this is an amazing amazing movie which has genuine integrity. I really appreciated it, and if there is any way for this to be passed onto the director I would just like to thank him for touching me. It was one of the most genuine expressions of art I have ever seen in my life. Original vision.

Name: Stephane Savoie
Rating (1=bad, 5=good): 5
Review: The best movie all year. I'm proud to say that I have a new #5 on my top movies of all times list following closely behind Requiem For a Dream, Fight Club, American Beauty and Memento. Very original story, AMAZING (truly outstanding) acting, beautiful direction and cinematography. I can't think of a single thing that could have been done to improve the greatness of this movie. I'll have you know that I will be the first in line to buy the DVD!

Name: Ryan
Rating (1=bad, 5=good): 4
Review: This film was very well done. The part I enjoyed the most about it was that after it was all over, I was still thinking about it. That is when I know that I have seen something good, when I can't quite shake that single frame of Frank. It might leave a bit to be desired, but for a first time director, I couldn't ask for more. Go see it.


Name: D E L
Rating (1=bad, 5=good): 5
Review: Damn, what a great flick ! I wonder why it didn't get a wider release. I particularly like the part where the Tears For Fears song " Head Over Heals " plays, the movie turns into a music video for a couple minutes. The young director has a BRiGHT future ahead of him. See Donnie Darko before he see's you !

Name: Tamyrlin
Rating (1=bad, 5=good): 5
Review: Amazing film...so rare to have such an enjoyable two hours at the theater...great story...entertaining and thought provoking...creepy and charming...great performances...

Name: tami
Rating (1=bad, 5=good): 4
Review: I went to a private christian school and from the uniforms to the calmly insane expressions on our teachers faces this movie hit it on the nail.Unfortunatly the word anticlimatic comes to mind also

Name: Katherine
Rating (1=bad, 5=good): 4
Review: Donnie Darko is a very good movie that has kept me thinking about it since I saw it. However, there are a lot of loose ends, some of which I believe are tied up in the website though there are still plenty of mysteries. All in all I was blown away by the acting, cinematography, music (even the strangly used Tears For Fears song), and overall beauty of this movie.


Name: Aaron Jesionek
Rating (1=bad, 5=good): 4
Review: I loved it! Seeing a good movie these days is hard to come by, due to washed out blockbuster money pits that provide you with big exposions but lacks a solid story. All the critics that accually get paid to see movies that say what is it really about though? Well what is your job really about? This was an extremely deep emotional rollercoaster ride that left me wondereing from start to finish. I like that, and I think alot of others will too!
This is an opinionated review.

Name: Roger
Rating (1=bad, 5=good): 3
Review: A $10 million student film. I'm not saying that is particularly bad. The film shows me that Richard Kelly is willing to go out on a limb and try new ways of presenting an idea. Nowadays this is unfortunately all too rare. I found the story constantly turning in on itself, trying to come to some conclusion. But it never quite succeeded. I do, however, look forward to Kelly's next film(s). A great director in the making.

Name: evan
Rating (1=bad, 5=good): 3
Review: The movie I felt was fair. The story had lots of potential but seemingly couldn't tie up the plot lines. I get the feeling from reading the reviews posted so far that the viewers mostly have not passed the age of 20. The movie was put together in the manner that the viewers in this age group are used to. MTVish...disjunct and superficial. There was plenty of potential in the story but never fleshed out. Characters never developed, no meaning to the book or the old lady. Teenage angsts and hellucinations, or time travel. So many questions. The concept was great, but the movie fell way short...way short, in my opinion.

Name: Rich
Rating (1=bad, 5=good): 5
Review: Great movie. Quircky little flick. I know I am seeing a good movie when I laugh at inappropriate moments all through it. Not a hollywood ending either. Great.

Name: Heather Davis
Rating (1=bad, 5=good): 5
Review: This movie is really good. It has a good plot and great actors. You can not get up and leave this movie because you lose your place. I hope to see "Jason" in more movies.

Name: Brenda
Rating (1=bad, 5=good): 5
Review: I liked this movie very much. I had to drive an hour to see it (limited release) but it was well worth the trip. This is a wonderfully strange tale of a teen finding himself in an odd twist of fate in which he can choose to take a different path in order to set things right in the world. At least thatís how I interpreted it. The great thing about this film is that it allows the viewers to take it upon themselves to understand it. I hope to see more things from writer/director Kelly and I will also be sure to see anything Jake Gyllenhaal chooses to be in. He was absolutely amazing as the cuddly and confused (hero?)Donnie Darko.

Name: Rosemary
Rating (1=bad, 5=good): 5
Review: This movie was really good. I saw it twice last week and i am going to see it again this week. It is so rare to see a decent movie these days...thats why i always stick to independant, foreign...or just plain strange movies. I do wish that it would be possible to make this movie a bit more out in the open so others could see it....my mom wants to see it, but its no where near her in Georgia. And i hope that they put out a soundtrack for the movie. Anyway..its an amazing movie and i wouls definitely recommend it!

Name: Drew
Rating (1=bad, 5=good): 5
Review: This was one of the best movies I have ever seen....it is a reamrkable piece of work. Story, screenplay, direction and acting performances. It is brilliant and touches on all levels never asssembled like this ever. The elements that were included all fell together in a horrific way that makes this movie light years ahead of it's time.

Name: Buckey
Rating (1=bad, 5=good): 5
Review: Donnie Darko is a find, go out and see this film, its a great indie, with plenty of cameos, and all kinds of camera styles, and a good soundtrack. The story works and has many angles, get out there and see it , NOW !


Name: Lieschen
Rating (1=bad, 5=good): 5
Review: Good? That is such an under statement of this film. I saw it twice at the 2001 sundance film festival. I have seen a lot of movies since then but it is still the best one I have ever seen. It comes highly recommended.

Name: Tommy
Rating (1=bad, 5=good): 5
Review: This is the best film I've seen all year! The script was brilliant and profound and it all came together so perfectly. The acting, the cinematography, the music. PERFECT! I loved this movie. I really really loved it!

Name: Alex
Rating (1=bad, 5=good): 4
Review: I saw the movie twice in it's original form at sundance, and again yesterday when the new cut was shown in new york and there were a few disapointing changes, having said that it is still a great film and I hope the DVD will be a director's cut that includes the original opening INXS sequence.

Name: Bruno S.
Rating (1=bad, 5=good): 4
Review: I saw a preview screening of the film yesterday in Manhattan. I did not know what the movie was about until I got the tickets on Wednesday and quickly surfed the official website. Even after that I did not fully understand what the movie was about. That all changed yesterday when I actually saw the film. "Donnie Darko" is a very cool movie. It was creepy, weird and also unexpectedly intentionally funny. Jake Gyllenhaal turns in the performance of a seasoned actor. It's shocking to see him turning in such a performance because he was in the summer flop "Bubble Boy." His performance is wonderful and I have nothing but praise for this young actor. The movie is about Donnie Darko, a young man with a troubled past. He wants to be a good kid, but he is clearly troubled. He sleep walks, sees a therapist for his problems, and also has an imaginary friend named Frank a six foot tall bunny. One night while sleep walking a plane engine crashes through his roof, luckily he is not in his room. I will not divulge much of the plot from here because I already said too much, and to say anymore would ruin the experience for everyone else. Drew Barrymore is not a major character in the film. She pretty much has an extended cameo as Donnie's teacher. Her scenes though are good. She lends the credible star name to the film much like she did in the movie "Scream." The rest of the supporting cast is good. His parents are pretty funny. Donnie's gym teacher is a total wackadoo, the talent show routine to the song "Notorious" was hilarious. His bickering with his sister is also quite funny. The film is filled with 80's references to the Dukakis -vs- Bush election, to "Star Search," to "Smurfs," to a hilarious reference to "Married With Children." The movie also stars Mr. Dirty Dancing himself as a cheeseball self help guru, much like the Tappy Tibbons character in "Requiem For A Dream." What's right about the movie: The characters performances mainly Jake Gyllenhaal The inventive storyline The tight direction and innovative camera shots What's bad: The ending may be a bit of a disappointment for viewers used to Hollywood sugar coated endings. It's not a romantic comedy staring Julia Roberts doing the same thing she does in every movie. Lets face it mainstream audiences love to spend their money on a movie that's either a sequel to an established hit, or another variation on a movie they have seen countless times already, or on a movie with a major star and no plot. I challenge you guys to actually go see this movie, it will make you laugh, and think. It's a pity that everyone will flock this weekend to see "13 Ghosts" or "Bones." When will we ever learn?

Name: lotltotl
Rating (1=bad, 5=good): 5
Review: This movie was spectacular. It defies description. You have to see it to understand - and you may not even understand it then. But I guarantee it will not be what you expect - no matter what you expect. See it repeatedly - you see something new every time. I saw it twice back to back and I'm still reeling. I wish it was more widely released so more people could see it. The characters are wonderful - they're complex and counterintuitive. there are beautiful moments amidst the strangeness of it all. And, it's FUNNY!
it's every emotion all rolled into one. and more.
GO SEE IT!