Requiem for a Dream
Requiem for a Dream (2000)

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… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: October 6, 2000
DVD Release Date: May 22, 2001
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Critic Score: 78% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Though the movie may be too intense for some to stomach, the wonderful performances and the bleak imagery are hard to forget.

Lisa Alspector
Chicago Reader

A staccato narrative parallels the experiences and hallucinations of a woman on drugs with those of her son and his friends.

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Christopher Kelly
Fort Worth Star-Telegram/

If this is the future of cinema, I'd rather be home watching television.

Candice Frederick
Reel Talk Online

At times disturbing and always intense, this flick offers its own acid trip for viewers and is a first-hand look at four people who become trapped by their own hell.

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Geoff Andrew
Time Out

Burnished camerawork and ex-Pop Will Eat Itself head Mansell's part-punchy, part-elegiac score reinforce and counterpoint the increasingly nightmarish visuals.

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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press

Conveys, visually, sonically and dramatically, the siren call of addiction like no other movie has.

Christopher Runyon
Movie Mezzanine

As uncompromising a work of art as you can ever view.

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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone

[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.

Glenn Lovell
San Jose Mercury News

Both bleak and bleakly funny, appalling in its excesses and exhilarating in its execution.

Emanuel Levy

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.

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Flixster Audience Score: 93% Flixster User Reviews
Thomas Johnston
WOW!! What a "don't do drugs" ad! Great acting and the cinematography is GREAT as well as the acting! Even a bigger Jared Leto fan now!
Matthew Samuel Mirliani
It's a wild ride of insanity and chaos. Though the film isn't as powerful as it should be--nor does it offer any uplifting message or much closure for… More
jay nixon
Ellen Burstyn is great but the this is a long dreary slide into misery, not entertainment.
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Chris Weber
Before seeing this film, and other 'anti-drug' films, I made up my mind and vowed to never do hard drugs (especially heroin). Upon seeing The… More
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Jared Leto stars as a junkie looking for a way onto easy street for himself, his bored upper class girlfriend Jennifer Connelly and partner in crime Marlon… More