Pi (1998)

God and man and math: The tawdry meets the Talmudic in this complex thriller about a tortured computer genius trying to beat the stock market.

Directed By:
Rated: R
Running Time:
Release Date: July 10, 1998
DVD Release Date: January 12, 1999
Add Your Rating
Rotten Tomatoes™
Critic Score
User Score

Available Online

Critic Score: 87% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Dramatically gripping and frighteningly smart, this Lynchian thriller does wonders with its unlikely subject and shoestring budget.

Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine

Aronofsky, who has parlayed this movie's Sundance success into two Hollywood deals, is that rare indie filmmaker who doesn't want to make hip romantic sitcoms. He's a genuine experimenter with a spooky visual style.

Full review…
Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail

Audacious and bursting with ideas.

Christopher Runyon
Movie Mezzanine

Pi accomplishes so much more with...its micro-budget than a Hollywood production could.

Full review…
Trevor Johnston
Time Out

We share Max's feelings of imminent psychological disintegration as the film probes our own insecurity in the face of the eternal. Maths meets millennial doom in one of the decade's true originals.

Full review…
Laura Miller

The movie's low-budget look neatly matches the claustrophobia of Max's life, but the filmmakers have also devised some special shooting methods for certain scenes. These sequences -- breathless and jangly chases, for the most part -- look terrific.

Full review…
John A. Nesbit
Old School Reviews

a real treat

Full review…
Dennis Harvey

It's remarkable to what extent Aronofsky has rendered the cerebral kinetically intense. The film's imaginative, diverse images create a mind's-eye urban claustrophobia.

Stephen Holden
New York Times

As smart as it is, 'Pi' is awfully hard to watch. Filmed with hand-held cameras in splotchy black-and-white and crudely edited, it has the style and attitude of a no-budget midnight movie.

Rob Nelson
City Pages, Minneapolis/St. Paul

Both story and style reveal the calculations of an artist so desperate to get noticed that he forgot to cover his id.

Full review…
More reviews for Pi

Flixster Audience Score: 85% Flixster User Reviews
Matthew Slaven
This cautionary parable brings up the age-old question of whether our drive for power through deeper knowledge of the natural world will also carry us to our… More
Eliza Norton
Let's face the truth,we all have wished ,at least for once in our lives,to be a genius ,isn't that right?But insanity and inteligence go hand by… More
Matthew Samuel Mirliani
It is a highly disturbing and bizarre film, yet despite its dizzying--and somewhat unnerving, off-putting tone--it is brilliantly and artistically constructed.… More
Rubia Carolina
<br/> "Pi" starts with an hyperactive song and opening intro (why it did remind me of <i>Run Lola Run</i>?). A disturbed mind, a… More
Chris Weber
This gritty, low budget, black and white indie thriller is the debut of the maverick auteur Darren Aronofsky. Set in New York's Chinatown, the film… More
Melvin White
Maximillian Cohen: When I was a little kid, my mother told me not to stare into the sun, so when I was six I did...  "There will be no order, only… More