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23,376 Ratings

Donnie Darko

Directed by Richard Kelly
United States, 2001
Cult, Fantasy, Mystery


A rebellious teenager is plagued by visions of a large demonic bunny rabbit who predicts the imminent end of the world—and that’s just the start of a bizarre supernatural journey through suburbia.

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Donnie Darko Directed by Richard Kelly
Kelly’s willingness to craft a sci-fi mystery pivoting on a string of non sequiturs—a movie that stops making sense early and often—suggests a Twin Peaks superfan inspired and emboldened by the show’s example.
April 08, 2020
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Donnie Darko viscerally resonated with me in 2001… Re-watching the film last month, at 37, reminded me of who I was and who I am… Such is the mechanics of our emotional evolution with art. In 2001, Donnie Darko’s narrative somehow made perfect sense to me. In 2017, I’m less sure of the convoluted particulars and less patiently inclined to sort them out. At this point in my life, I’m drawn less to puzzle boxes than to a rapturous purity of empathy and aesthetic.
April 29, 2017
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Kelly’s film is a conundrum wrapped in an enigma inside a valentine… It’s the cult film as supercollider physics experiment: What would happen if, for example, particles of the Buffyverse would be “smushed” up with the gravitational tangents of Paul Thomas Anderson’s Magnolia? Darko’s “Mad World” montage is a partial answer.
April 25, 2017
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