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Donnie Darko (The Director's Cut)

  R HD Closed Captioning

Richard Kelly

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Plot Summary

Get even more thrills and chills in this special Director's Cut of Donnie Darko! Donnie Darko is an edgy, psychological thriller about a suburban teen coming face-to-face with his dark destiny. Jake Gyllenhaal leads a star-filled cast (including Drew Barrymore, Noah Wyle, Jena Malone, Patrick Swayze and Mary McDonnell) as a delusional high-school student visited by a demonic rabbit with eerie visions of the past - and deadly predictions for the future. This excitingly original nail-biter will keep you on the edge of your seat until the mind-bending climax.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 108
  • Fresh: 92
  • Rotten: 16
  • Average Rating: 7.5/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Rotten: Kelly is unable to give the movie the kind of pacing that would make us laugh and shock us simultaneously, because he's too infatuated with an aura of hand-me-down gloom. – Elvis Mitchell, New York Times, Jul 16, 2008

Fresh: Excitingly original indie vision. – Lisa Schwarzbaum, Entertainment Weekly, Sep 7, 2011

Fresh: A stunning technical accomplishment that virtually bursts with noise, ideas and references. – Andrew O'Hehir,, Jul 7, 2010

Fresh: An engaging, time-tripping Holden Caulfield. – Lou Lumenick, New York Post, Jun 24, 2010

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Customer Reviews

Great but... This is a warning

Quentin Tarantino said this of the matrix/matrix trilogy, Matrix 2 and 3 ruined the mythology and moved the matrix from the posistion it was in on my top 20 list. Donnie Darko is an excellent movie, but the directors cut, doesn't RUIN the movie but kind of takes away from the mystery of the original "non-director's cut" film. Luckily they have both on itunes and i would strongly suggest multiple viewings of the regular movie and allow yourself sometime to ponder. After that i would recommend you watch the director's cut. As for the movie itself, i think it is absolutely wonderful.


If you don't give this masterpiece 5 stars, you don't deserve to live


This film is absolutely mind blowing. It makes you think and bring a good look into the psychological aspects of man and society. It is a profound and insightful look into the meaning of life and various aspects towards it...all depending on the indivdual person/viewer/in the audience. You have to think your thinking and maybe watch it several times if you do not understand it. All in all I love it, and if you enjoy psychological thrillers and films that will stimulate your mind then I highly recommend this film. P.S. By the way dtm.[ you dont necessarily need intelligence to understand the film but rather insightfulness, knowledge, perception and wisdom. Which the latter aspects are a drastic difference from the former one.

Donnie Darko (The Director's Cut)
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  • $9.99
  • Genre: Sci-Fi & Fantasy
  • Released: 2001

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