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Requiem for a Dream
Based on the novel by Hubert Selby Jr., this gritty drama concerns four people trapped by their addictions. Harry (Jared Leto), and his best friend Tyrone (Marlon Wayans) are impoverished heroin addicts living in Coney Island, NY, while Harry's girlfriend Marion (Jennifer Connelly) is a fellow addict trying to distance herself from her wealthy father. Harry dreams of scoring a pound of smack, from which he could make enough money to open a clothing boutique with Marion, but so far he and his friends can barely scrape by supporting their own habits. Meanwhile, Harry's mother Sara (Ellen… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 78%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"A staccato narrative parallels the experiences and hallucinations of a woman on drugs with those of her son and his friends."
‑ Lisa Alspector, Chicago Reader
"If this is the future of cinema, I'd rather be home watching television."
‑ Christopher Kelly, Fort Worth Star-Telegram/
"As uncompromising a work of art as you can ever view."
‑ Christopher Runyon, Movie Mezzanine
""Dream" glamorizes nothing en route to a near-nauseating finale, which feels like a rollercoaster car hitched off the track and hurtled into hell's depths. A decade later, it still follows through with full force on its cautionary stomach punch."
‑ Nick Rogers,
""Requiem For A Dream" is a movie about drug addiction, but that's only where the plot resides so the thoroughly drawn characters can work toward their imperfect dreams. Cinema history has been made with this"
‑ Cole Smithey,
"Burnished camerawork and ex-Pop Will Eat Itself head Mansell's part-punchy, part-elegiac score reinforce and counterpoint the increasingly nightmarish visuals."
‑ Geoff Andrew, Time Out
"Conveys, visually, sonically and dramatically, the siren call of addiction like no other movie has."
‑ Terry Lawson, Detroit Free Press
"Aronofsky's second feature is an emotionally intense, relentlessly grim tale of forms of addiction that may rely too much on montage to achieve real dramatic impact."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Unfortunately, about halfway through, the film takes a (deliberate) nosedive into the depths of human degradation from which it never emerges."
‑ Jean Lowerison, San Diego Metropolitan
"One of the most powerful I have ever seen. The film's score and editing will haunt you for years to come."
‑ Kevin McCarthy, BDK Reviews
"[It] may be a bummer to some audiences, so harsh is its view of the drug culture. But no one interested in the power and magic of movies should miss it."
‑ Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
"Both bleak and bleakly funny, appalling in its excesses and exhilarating in its execution."
‑ Glenn Lovell, San Jose Mercury News
"Translating this into a music video would make a lot more sense than the film does in present form"
‑ John A. Nesbit, Old School Reviews
"A gut-wrenching, formally adventurous masterpiece or an ugly, flashy piece of empty-headed propaganda?"
‑ Matt Noller, Slant Magazine
"Yes, visually this is an exhilarating, unique film. But it is also a singularly difficult and challenging film to watch."
‑ Joe Lozito, Big Picture Big Sound
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