The Fountain
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Requiem for a Dream director Darren Aronofsky switches gears from drug-induced urban malaise to abstract science fiction with this time-tripping symbolic tale of a man's thousand-year quest to save the woman he loves. Moving between representational stories and images, this meditation on life and death focuses on the concept of the mythical Tree of Life that is said to bestow immortality to all who drink of its sap. In one of the film's allegorical timelines, a 16th century Spanish conquistador played by Hugh Jackman sets out to find the tree in order to save his queen (Rachel Weisz)… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 51%

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"I will concede the film is not a great success. Too many screens of blinding lights. Too many transitions for their own sake. Abrupt changes of tone."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"Mr. Aronofsky's outlook on life remains too constantly pessimistic for my taste, and too completely joyless as well."
‑ Andrew Sarris, New York Observer
"Perhaps in twenty more years or so, [The Fountain] will be recognized for the utterly gorgeous masterpiece that it is."
‑ Christopher Runyon, Movie Mezzanine
"A metaphysical muddle."
‑ Brett Michel, Boston Phoenix
"You can judge for yourself whether a money shot of semenesque tree-sap is a proper payoff, but the movie is at least texturally rich, tonally consistent (brooding, always) and much fussed over by its maker."
‑ Jonathan Kiefer, Sacramento News & Review
"Lurches on a thin line between hyper-ornate space oddity and extended perfume advert."
‑ David Jenkins, Time Out
"Darren Aronofsky clearly didn't set out to make a usual movie...[The Fountain's] a story of overreaching that itself overreaches, but that might have been impossible to avoid."
‑ Keith Phipps, AV Club
"The enormous, and sometimes inspired, visual arc of Aronofsky's reach sadly exceeds his narrative's basic grasp."
‑ Luke Goodsell, Empire Magazine Australasia
"It's difficult to recall another American film that, in pursuing a passionate and personal vision, goes so maddeningly, uproariously wrong."
‑ Michael Atkinson, Sight and Sound
"This film raises an interesting question: How far is a viewer willing to follow a talented filmmaker down a rabbit hole, when it becomes clear that said filmmaker has lost his way?"
‑ Steve Biodrowski, ESplatter
"The Fountain is the story of a gifted artist who dared to reach for the stars and paid for his ambition with a really stupid movie."
‑ Dana Stevens, Slate
"This is one of the worst movies of the year."
‑ Richard Roeper, Ebert & Roeper
"Visual alchemist Darren Aronofsky's most personal work is a double helix of love and loss - death entwined with life as existence's only reliable truths. It offers a transfixing merger of biological imperatives and musings on creativity and tragedy."
‑ Nick Rogers,
"The continuous sense of deeply felt discovery tempers the movie's overreaching pretentiousness"
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
"It's a simple story told with Zen directness, its fingers deep in the age-old questions, its eyes and ears wide open to the sensual potential of cinema."
‑ Rob Gonsalves,
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