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The Fountain

drama, romance, sci-fi & fantasy


Yesterday, today, tomorrow. Past, present, future. Through time and space, one man embarks on a bold 1000-year odyssey to defeat humankind's most indomitable foe: Death.

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

  • Critic Score
    51%
  • Audience Score
    74%

common sense

PAUSE for kids age 13
Consumerism
0 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
0 out of 5
Language
3 out of 5
Positive messages
0 out of 5
Sex
3 out of 5
Violence
5 out of 5

Epic sci-fi romance explores faith and love.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that this cryptic, complicated sci-fi epic probably won't be on most kids' must-see lists. The tricky plot unfolds simultaneously in the 16th, 21st, and 26th centuries and is sometimes slow to reveal itself, so younger viewers might get bored. There are some bloody killings (with spears, guns, and swords) and a brief sequence showing torture during the Spanish Inquisition. The science fiction scenes are sometimes abstract (a spaceship shaped like a sphere), while the present-day laboratory scenes show surgery on a monkey's brain. A bathtub sex scene is passionate and moving, though not explicit. Some strong language.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about the idea of eternal life. What would it be like to live forever? How do different religions offer different versions of eternal life, either "after death" or in some other form? Do you think that the similarities between different religious beliefs could ever help communities and individuals work together, rather than lead to competition and war? How does Tommy seek to redeem himself as he tries to save Izzie? What makes this film a science fiction movie?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

  • Tomatometer®

    51%
    reviews counted: 29
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  • Audience

    74%

Top Critic Reviews

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

- Andrew Sarris, New York Observer, Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Fresh: It's a sprawling experiment in philosophical time travel and metaphysical noodling. And it's an earnest, magnificent wreck.

- Ann Hornaday, Washington Post, Wednesday, November 22, 2006

Rotten: The movie may have significant truths to impart, although I have my doubts, but it feels too inexperienced, too unworldly, to have earned the right to them.

- Anthony Lane, New Yorker, Monday, November 27, 2006

Audience Reviews

5 stars

Although it took me a few re-watches to put the entire story together (never a good characteristic for a movie), the raw emotional power of The Fountain blew me away each and every time. Patience required, but highly recommended. One of my favorite movies of all time.

- jarobb3, Wednesday, October 3, 2012

3 stars

While Darren Aronofsky's ambitious film may not satisfy everyone with it's sentimentality and oddly clinical visual approach, it still is a film that dares to be something completely unique. Here is a work of a director who is willing to push boundaries of filmmaking to it's edge. This is a film that at the same time feels cold and distant as it is heartbreaking and hopeful. I guess that Aronofsky intented this film as a love letter to his own wife, but who knows. Not many directors would dare to create something this unique like Aronofsky does. You can tell that this films has meant a lot to him. I rather watch films like The Fountain that makes us ask questions about life and immortality itself than something which is spoon fed to us. This might occasionally drown a into it's own philosophical hocus pocus and it seems to be taking it's overreaching and ambitious story awfully serious at times. Things are not also helped by corny dialogue which sounds awfully forced at times. But as i said, i admire Darren Aronofsky for his bravery as a director. He is one of the most interesting voices in modern cinema and when you go to see his films you never know what to expect from him. He is an unexpected force of nature as an artist. The Fountain is Interesting, melancholic and timeless film that forces you to think. It certainly will gain a cult statuts in years to come and it has visual like no other film has. Unique but flawed work of a master.

- emilkakko, Wednesday, February 27, 2013

3 stars

"wat" That was my response after the movie ended. But I couldn't help but to be mesmerized by the incredible cinematography. But wow, the plot is extremely confusing. This movie is definitely alike with Donnie Darko, but this movie is more engaging with its follow-up to the ending.

- fb1463751009, Friday, March 9, 2012