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Requiem for a Dream

66 Ratings: 4.0
Darren Aronofsky's controversial and critically acclaimed 2000 film adaptation of Hubert Selby, Jr.'s novel.

Employing shock techniques and sound design in a relentless sensory assault,Requiem for a Dreamis about nothing less than the systematic destruction of hope. Based on the novel by Hubert Selby Jr., and adapted by Selby and director Darren Aronofsky, … see full wiki

Director: Darren Aronofsky
Genre: Drama
Release Date: October 6, 2000
MPAA Rating: R
16 reviews about Requiem for a Dream
review by . January 17, 2011
posted in Movie Hype
***1/2 out of ****     Darren Aronofsky's "Requiem for a Dream" asks the question: what is a drug? After watching this film, I just don't know how to provide a proper answer. Such an intense experience leaves you feeling drained; and I've been finding that a lot lately with Aronofsky's films in particular. Don't worry; it's a good kind of drained that I'm feeling; the kind you get from staring too much at too many things. "Requiem" has so much going on that it's almost overwhelming, …
Quick Tip by . May 18, 2011
posted in Movie Hype
I can see what all the fuss is about, and why this movie still gets talked about more than a decade after its release.  Aronofsky pulls out all the stops, and this is one of the most relentlessly directed movies I've seen in a long time.   It's effective, but in a weird, kind of converse way.   Addiction looks terrible, yes, but getting a haircut would look pretty hellish if Aronofsky filmed and cut it the way he did the final twenty minutes of this film.  It made me …
Quick Tip by . February 21, 2011
Schools should drop the D.A.R.E. program and just show this film to fifth-graders. They'd never do drugs.
Quick Tip by . July 26, 2010
posted in Movie Hype
One of the most terrifying and provacative stories I have seen about the destructive power of addiction, and the many forms that that can take when we give ourselves over to pleasure and abandon purpose.
Quick Tip by . June 13, 2010
posted in Movie Hype
An absolute masterpiece of the modern cinema, Darren Aronofsky's dark meditation on themes of addiction, desperation, and self-destruction is one of the most important films of the new millennium. A brilliantly directed and acted film with an incredible score by Clint Mansell and the Kronos Quartet.
Quick Tip by . July 06, 2010
posted in Movie Hype
Shows how addictions can appear in many different ways, and how it can affect your life. Such an amazing and powerful film.
Quick Tip by . July 13, 2010
posted in Movie Hype
Wow. Powerful. Disturbing. And proved Marlon Wayan can do more than just crappy movies w/ his brothers.
Quick Tip by . January 21, 2010
A stark film that looks deep into the human psyche and really shows the downward spiral of addiction with an unflinching eye. Terrific film!
review by . November 13, 2008
Requiem For A Dream
Requiem is one of those little known movies, quietly powerful, that will leave you reeling with emotion in its wake. Even unfeeling husks like myself will not escape unscathed.     This is a beautifully mastered film about drug addiction, but not in standard, drugs-are-bad format. Harry Goldfarb (Jared Leto) is a junkie who dreams of being a better person but still regularly hawks his mother's battered TV set for fix money. He and his friend Tyrone Love (Marlon Wayans) and girlfriend …
review by . December 17, 2007
posted in Movie Hype
Pros: Performances, cinematic style, and story line despite the mood      Cons: None for me, but the very bleak nature of it will turn many off      The Bottom Line: There are films with unpleasant things to say but that need saying. Requiem should be near the top of this imaginary list.      Plot Details: This opinion reveals major details about the movie''s plot.      There have been more than a hundred reviews …
review by . June 29, 2007
Remember the anti-drug commercial where a girl points to an egg, says, "this is your brain," and then screams, "this is your brain on drugs!" as she smashes the egg with a skillet and proceeds to demolish the entire kitchen, screaming, "and this is what drugs do to your family, this is what they do to your future..." and so on? We'll this story does give you that indication but it's so much more.    After watching this I thought it was the most harrowing, unsettling, and yet …
review by . April 25, 2003
A film that tries to show us the evils of substance abuse by putting us into the heads of the abusers as much as possible. The film is brilliantly edited so as to become more and more disjointed as the main characters fall deeper into despair. This is an "artsy" movie that for the most part uses all the "cool" camera tricks, jump cuts, split screens, etc. for positive effect and not just to show off.We follow Jared Leto and his friend Marlon Wayans, along with Leto's girlfriend Jennifer Connelly, …
review by . November 05, 2002
posted in Movie Hype
REQUIEM FOR A DREAM is disturbing, strange, emotionally riveting, and ultimately devasting. All of those adjectives would seem like a redlight to NOT view this film, but the brilliance of this creation by Darren Aronofsky after Hubert Selby, Jr.'s book does what few films do - it makes a gut-wrenching learning experience. From the hardcore heroin addiction to the even more terrifying addiction to doctor-prescribed "medication" drugs we are shown the gamut of how cruel this disease of addiction is …
review by . June 16, 2001
Pros: Electrifying, painfully real...     Cons: None...     The Bottom Line: Show it your children as an educational tool!     Plot Details: This opinion reveals minor details about the movie's plot. Exhausted! Mentally and emotionally drained to the point of stunned numbness, is how my spouse and I felt after watching Requiem for a Dream. We both sat on the couch for several moments after the movie ended watching the credits go by in complete …
review by . June 03, 2001
Pros: Scary, intense, addicting     Cons: sometimes too intense     The Bottom Line: I'm addicted to Pepsi and I sometimes wonder if I'll end up on the edge like these people :(     Be excited .... be, be excited ..... be excited ..... be, be, excited!       Whoa skippy - what a trip! Staid and proper Jewish mother, Sara Goldfarb (Ellen Burnstyn) is a plump and lonely widow living in Brooklyn in a run down brownstone …
review by . May 23, 2001
posted in Movie Hype
This movie was EXTREMELY dark, gritty, scary, disgusting and yet I could not look away!This is just not some movie about drug addicts. It's about how things in our every day lives can be a drug... sex, power, food, money, social acceptance, and even television. I cannot say enough about ALL of the perfomances in the movie. ESPECIALLY ELLEN BURSTYN! She was so awesome in this movie and is probably the best thing I 've seen her in. Marlon Wayans is also a big surprise in the movie and really brought …
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