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Requiem for a Dream

drama, horror


The hopes and dreams of four ambitious people are shattered when their drug addictions begin spiraling out of control.

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

  • Critic Score
    78%
  • Audience Score
    93%

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

Top Critic Reviews

Fresh: "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, ColeSmithey.com, Thursday, June 24, 2010

Fresh: Aronofsky has fashioned a chilling vision that lives up to the caustic irony of its title and gives us a nightmare that is not lightly forgotten.

- Desmond Ryan, Philadelphia Inquirer, Friday, January 19, 2001

Fresh: It's a dose of speed, and you can't say no.

- Eric Harrison, Houston Chronicle, Saturday, January 1, 2000

Audience Reviews

4 stars

Crsuhingly effective, Reqieum is a superbly made film centering on four people's involvement in drugs at the turn of the millennium. The visuals are highly inventive, but this is no flash-in-the-pan, cover-the-cracks movie, with RFAD things start bad and get far worse. The cast all fare well, but extra kudos must go to Ellen Burstyn for her stunning work, the most sympathetic character in the tale. Aronofsky best described the work as a horror movie with an invisible monster, and that is certainly apt. Experience.

- guttersnipe28, Monday, October 18, 2010

4 stars

"Harry...can you come today?" I think Darren Aronofsky is such a brilliant director, because every movie that he's done makes you feel something. Requiem for a Dream made me feel uncomfortable, depressed, and a little sick on the inside, and it's an amazing movie for achieving those things. This is a movie about addictions, appropriately divided into sections entitled Summer, Fall, and Winter. An interconnected group of people take parallel journeys as a result of their habits, and the viewer comes along for the painful ride. Requiem isn't really a "preachy" movie, if that's what you're expecting. It's a little hard to describe it in a quick review, it's something that needs to be seen and experienced. And it is an experience, for lack of a better description. The same way that Mulholland Drive is an experience. It's something that goes beyond just sitting down for two hours to be entertained. I have to make special mention of the way camera techniques are used to augment the story. The camera angles and various film styles employed here are just brilliant, and greatly helped draw me into the story. The score was great, as well. Requiem for a Dream is a masterpiece, but it would be inaccurate for me to say I enjoyed it. It made a definite impact on me, though, and I find that to be just as important. A must see.

- lewiskendell, Friday, September 3, 2010

4 stars

Hubert Selby's screenplay doesn't just show you the horrors of addiction, it drags you into the abyss. Innovative editing and a must-see performance from Ellen Burstyn (omg!).

- flixsterman, Sunday, June 13, 2010