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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

3 stars

"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

3 stars

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

4 stars

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