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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

This movie is intense. Be prepared before watching this movie. This movie is so meticulously well put together that I have to give this movie the credit it deserves. I can't emphasize enough how well this movie was directed. Down to the pacing and the camera work, this movie is driven to shock audiences... but i ain't watching this movie again. I'm not planning to eff with the mood of my day.

- fb1463751009, Friday, March 9, 2012

4 stars

One of hardest movies i have ever seen. The message is quite clear...Dont do drugs or else! Following the downfall of a mother, her son, his girlfriend, and his best friend, Requiem for a Dream has this way of emotionally scarring you. Starting with ambitious beginnings to depressing ends, this has to be one of the most talented films up to date. After multiple viewings, this film is straight up brutal!

- paulkoh110, Saturday, February 11, 2012

3 stars

such a difficult film to digest. the construction of the film was nearly perfect. aronofsky made excellent choices on direction style, and the subject matter could not have been handled better. the film was built like an 80's horror flick, and our villain was drug abuse. the hard part about a film like this is that i cant walk away from it thinking "wow i cant wait to see that again". the film couldnt have been made any better but it still suffers from being what it is. overall, great film.

- sanjurosamurai, Wednesday, February 8, 2012