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  • Summary: This Director's Cut from writer/director Richard Kelly features 20 minutes of never-before-seen footage.
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  1. Positive: 15 out of 15
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 15
  3. Negative: 0 out of 15
  1. The director's cut of this 2001 cult fantasy is a deliriously subtle exploration of storytelling possibilities, and a deliciously wry teen-pic to boot. Brilliant.
  2. In this bolder, longer new cut, characters are allowed to finish scenes previously left as DVD extras, effects are creepier, and the theories of "the Tangent Universe" are explored in greater depth. Friends and neighbors, this is a Great American Movie.
  3. 100
    Obsessives will be familiar with the "new" material (almost all available on the original DVD), which elaborates on the time-travel metaphysics and tightens the emotional screws. Donnie (Jake Gyllenhaal) shares one additional tender exchange with each family member
  4. The longer film makes Donnie's intentions clearer, explains the time-travel theme better and also leaves us in no doubt as to Frank's identity.
  5. Reviewed by: Leighton Klein
    88
    The director's cut has been getting a much warmer critical reception than the original release, but not necessarily because it's significantly better.
  6. Reviewed by: Dan Jolin
    80
    If you're returning for more Donnie, you'll still have tears in your eyes come the sublime Mad World conclusion. If it's your first viewing, you should still be wowed by an astounding masterpiece. But this is undoubtedly the lesser of the two cuts, and since you have the choice, you should stick with version one.
  7. Immensely moving and strikingly original, Kelly's story of a brilliant, disturbed teen (Jake Gyllenhaal) drowning in the cultural morass of the 1980s now feels bloated.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 69 out of 80
  2. Negative: 6 out of 80
  1. FrankS.
    Jan 20, 2007
    10
    My favorite movie of all time. I saw it for the first time when I was 20 and it changed my life. I had never identified with a film character My favorite movie of all time. I saw it for the first time when I was 20 and it changed my life. I had never identified with a film character like this before, and doubt that I ever will. I think you owe it to yourself to experience this movie. Uniquely American and flawlessly executed. Expand
  2. Feb 8, 2012
    10
    In my top 5 movies of all time hands down and always will be. The first time I saw this was at least 7 years ago and I've seen it countlessIn my top 5 movies of all time hands down and always will be. The first time I saw this was at least 7 years ago and I've seen it countless times since, each time enjoying it more and more. Easily my favorite Jake Gyllenhaal movie. Also i would highly recommend the Director's cut over the original. The first time I ever saw the movie I saw the Directors cut and recently I saw the original once and it just paled in comparison. The Directors Cut almost guides you for a better understanding of the movie. Expand
  3. ConnorB.
    Oct 21, 2006
    10
    This isn
  4. Smally
    Feb 4, 2006
    10
    liked it alot both its inner perspective and outer spective views on reality and life, also the wake up part clearly was reference to the liked it alot both its inner perspective and outer spective views on reality and life, also the wake up part clearly was reference to the kundalini awakening, donnie suffers trauma then his kundalini wakes up, he also predicts his own death as a result of this sudden out pour of energy within the body. Expand
  5. Oct 5, 2013
    9
    Amazingly well done. A bit too subtle (would've been a ten) but still an amazing journey and experience. Actors out-performed it, the actorAmazingly well done. A bit too subtle (would've been a ten) but still an amazing journey and experience. Actors out-performed it, the actor that played Donnie played him just perfect. Music was pretty good too.
    This is NOT light watching, if you miss anything the movie really gets ruined; watch it in full, enjoy the complications.
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  6. Aug 16, 2014
    8
    Now a cult classic. I watch this movie every year at least once, sometimes within a few months of each other. Remains current throughout theNow a cult classic. I watch this movie every year at least once, sometimes within a few months of each other. Remains current throughout the years.
    Memorable and sticks with me every time I watch it. So many experiences are relatable - the awkwardness in high school, the girlfriends, the bullies, and time travel....well maybe not the last one, but everything else.
    In summary, I would rent it or borrow it first to make sure you "get it", after you should buy it because like I said, it's worth a watch every year or more. I bought it a few years ago - buy the Director's Cut if you like the extra features, but not really necessary for the effect.
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  7. chrism
    May 14, 2009
    1
    Not a good movie, once more the wooly rabbit suit is pulled over our eyes.

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