The Fountain
The Fountain (2006)

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… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: November 22, 2006
DVD Release Date: May 18, 2007
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Critic Score: 51% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: The Fountain -- a movie about metaphysics, universal patterns, Biblical symbolism, and boundless love spread across one thousand years -- is visually rich but suffers from its own unfocused ambitions.

Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

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.

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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer

Mr. Aronofsky's outlook on life remains too constantly pessimistic for my taste, and too completely joyless as well.

Christopher Runyon
Movie Mezzanine

Perhaps in twenty more years or so, [The Fountain] will be recognized for the utterly gorgeous masterpiece that it is.

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David Jenkins
Time Out

Lurches on a thin line between hyper-ornate space oddity and extended perfume advert.

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Keith Phipps
AV Club

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.

Luke Goodsell
Empire Magazine Australasia

The enormous, and sometimes inspired, visual arc of Aronofsky's reach sadly exceeds his narrative's basic grasp.

Dana Stevens

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.

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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper

This is one of the worst movies of the year.

Nick Rogers

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.

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Flixster Audience Score: 74% Flixster User Reviews
Bob Stinson
"My God, it's full of shit!" But seriously folks - after just one viewing - i'm just .. wow - huh?! Watching the film, I was wildly… More
Chris Weber
I like Darren Aronofsky. His films are just really well made and exude craft. Having liked all the other films of his I've seen, I figured that the… More
xGary Xx
A surgeon desperately searches for a cure for his wife's cancer while absorbing himself into the world represented by her final novel. Darren Aronofsky is… More
Matthew Samuel Mirliani
In Pi and Black Swan, Aronofsky proved to be a brilliant filmmaker, worthy of being compared to Roman Polanski. This is what makes The Fountain such a… More
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Josh Lewis
The Fountain is an incredibly ambitious film that crams too much into its slim 90 minutes, but has just enough moments to keep it from being the disaster it… More