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  • Summary: Max Cohen, a mathematician and computer genius, finds himself pursued by Wall Street traders and a Hasidic cabal in this award-winning film.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 23
  2. Negative: 1 out of 23
  1. 90
    A triumph of low-end production design, shot in sizzling, solarized black and white, and driven by a propulsive, insinuating score, Pi is a horror movie that makes you think and an indie film that makes you squirm.
  2. It is a brilliant intellectual adventure that fans of bold independent filmmaking will want to experience, even though the ending is something of a letdown.
  3. Reviewed by: Laura Miller
    It's precisely when Pi is the most arty and least "commercial," when it's serving up head scratchers instead of intrigue, that it's most entertaining.
  4. The movie's freakazoid intensity gets to you, but there's something at once cramped and show-offy in Aronofsky's refusal to even slighty vary its atmosphere of shock-corridor burnout.
  5. 75
    For anyone who wants a movie to feed their intelligence and imagination more than their eyes and ears, Pi is a solid choice.
  6. Reviewed by: Dennis Harvey
    The film's imaginative, diverse images create a mind's-eye urban claustrophobia; such intensity may exhaust over 85 minutes' course, but it's never less than impressive.
  7. Reviewed by: Bill Boisvert
    With this odd mixture of elements the film's tone is gloomy, portentous, and hysterical, yet at the same time strangely earnest and square, as if David Lynch had tried to somehow make a movie version of Scientific American.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 17
  2. Negative: 3 out of 17
  1. Jun 12, 2014
    One of the most criminally under-appreciated films ever made. Darren Aronofsky's Pi (1998) is every bit original as it is unique. It's dark, convoluted, twisty and artistic. Most of the critics have misunderstood the genius of the film. It's a film about obsession, about order and chaos. It has nothing to do with math. It portrays with the mental transition of our protagonist wonderfully and the ending which is up for interpretation is beautiful and it's as powerful an ending as I've seen for quite a while. Anything that even in the slightest and subtle way strays from the conventionality of hollywood films today is not well received. Pi is a gem that needs to be treasured and appreciated not dug under the soil. Why? Let's just say because it deserves it. Expand
  2. SaTaN
    Jul 8, 2006
    I love this movie! It is truly a work of art.
  3. DanielC.
    Jul 11, 2006
    Confusing Plot? Maybe, but repeat viewings are very enjoyable. The sound effects and the drum & bass soundtrack are completely awesome. The filming was so very well done. Utterly unique. We see the simplicity of the circle and the maddening complexity of Pi - 3.141 off in to infinity. Expand
  4. DylanB.
    Feb 8, 2006
    This a most entertaining and dynamic film, beautifully use of chairoscuro lighting in the shots with a plot which commands ones interest throughout! Though I find in places that it is poorly researched and contains minor flaws in factuality, causality and continuity. Expand
  5. JonhF.
    Mar 17, 2006
    Very good movie. The script was well written and complex, and made this a very insightful character study. The acting was solid, and the directing was, well, gritty, but I mean that in a good way. Expand
  6. Jul 16, 2011
    High contrast black and white film, effective and innovative camerawork, and well done editing make Pi an enjoyable experience. The plot, the barely connected math terms, the mediocre acting, and (at times) laughable dialogue take off some major points for the promising director Aronofsky. Collapse
  7. Dec 6, 2013
    It felt more like a random assortment of shots more so than a film. I get that it was extremely low budget, but maybe not releasing this one as a feature film would've been a better idea because I think there's more grains in this video than there are grains of sand on the beach. Only affect I enjoyed was the black and white. I felt that it added to the thrill/suspense intended, but otherwise, despite Max's growing insanity, it does not really provide any thrills that I was hoping for. Ultimately, it just left me confused. Expand

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