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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
"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 applauding Aronofsky's superballsy audacious vision while simultaneously cringing at his simplistic sentimentality. 2001 + What the Bleep Do We Know + dimestore romance + any episode of E.R. = wtf? For what it's worth - i thought Hugh Jackman was great - perhaps the only tangible revelation of the film.
- brooklynspo, Tuesday, July 3, 2007
Hugh Jackman & Rachel Weisz + a couple of well known TV celebs. Trippy visuals. Even if the story was quite complex, something about it was just kinda flat. It had its moments but I fast forwarded a lot in this movie, and I dont normally do that.
- Gx7, Sunday, September 19, 2010
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 nothing if not brave and once again willingly sacrifices mainstream acceptibility to realise his vision. Similar in format to 2046 in that fantasy and reality are happening in parallel on screen, The Fountain is a representation of his musings on mortality, love and loss and coming to terms with personal grief. It is a truly stunning film to look at with an appropriately beautiful score, complimented nicely by a surprisingly sensitive performance by Hugh Jackman. I'm sure some may dismiss the script as a load of pretentious claptrap, but I personally found it both visually and aurally enchanting as well as deeply moving. However you choose to look at it, The Fountain contains the kind of imagination and invention that is all too often missing from mainstream cinema and for that reason alone it is worth 90 minutes of anybody's time.
- garyX, Tuesday, November 19, 2013