Donnie Darko

Lists: Drama, Fantasy, Mystery, Sci-Fi, HPR Selects, Time travel

Brief Synopsis: "A troubled teenager is plagued by visions of a large bunny rabbit that manipulates him to commit a series of crimes, after narrowly escaping a bizarre accident."

Overall Ranking: 1029 (Rank from 2001: # 18)

Adjusted* Rating:
(lowest rating dropped)

Ratings Breakdown
(The Mixed Bag)

Buttery 50%
Regular 30%
Half-Popped 20%
Stale 0%
Burnt 0%


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Dave Examines Movies100(full review)
Alex Robinson97
Dan O'Neill90 - Writer/Director Richard’s Kelly debut feature may lose it’s head with the mind-bending elements, but it has a perfect script, great performances, and a story that goes places you won’t be expecting, and won’t be disappointed in seeing anyway.
(full review)
Rob from GuysFilmQuest88
3Guys Adam85(full review)
Jester Smiles80 - Fanboy film that I don't think is overrated. Great movie.
Drezzy70 - Extremely quotable and filled with solid performances all throughout (and Gary Jules' "Mad World" at the end still makes me legit choke up), but overrated by its fanboys. It's not as smart as it thinks it is, but it's still a solid movie.
Carrie B70
David Baruffi61
Thomas Pollock50

People Involved

  • Jake Gyllenhaal (Donnie Darko)
  • Patrick Swayze (Jim Cunningham)
  • Drew Barrymore (Karen Pomeroy)
  • Maggie Gyllenhaal (Elizabeth Darko)
  • Holmes Osborne (Eddie Darko)
  • Daveigh Chase (Samantha Darko)
  • Mary McDonnell (Mrs. Rose Darko)
  • James Duval (Frank)
  • Arthur Taxier (Dr. Fisher)
  • Mark Hoffman (Police Officer)
  • Patience Cleveland (Roberty Sparrow / Grandma Death)
  • David St. James (Bob Garland)
  • Jazzie Mahannah (Joanie James)
  • Jolene Purdy (Cherita Chen)
  • Beth Grant (Kitty Farmer)
  • Jena Malone (Gretchen Ross)
  • David Moreland (Principal Cole)
  • Noah Wyle (Prof. Kenneth Monnitoff)
  • Kristina Malota (Susie Bates)
  • Marina Malota (Emily Bates)
  • Katharine Ross (Dr. Lilian Thurman)
  • Scotty Leavenworth (David)
  • Phyllis Lyons (Anne Fisher)
  • Gary Lundy (Sean Smith)
  • Alex Greenwald (Seth Devlin)
  • Richard Kelly (Director)