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Entertainment Weekly
Kelly, the 26-year-old writer-director of this excitingly original indie vision, shares more artistically with Wes Anderson or Paul Thomas Anderson than he does with Spielberg or John Hughes, but the point is, he's out on his own here. He swings big -- with flair.
Washington Post
Appealingly, the movie has a certain lightness -- like the aforementioned butterfly -- which makes its foreboding qualities surprisingly user-friendly.
David Lynch lite.
If you let it be what it is, Donnie Darko will knock you flat.
Mr. Showbiz
The nerviest, oddest, most outlandish and idiosyncratic American indie debut since "Buffalo 66," Richard Kelly's Donnie Darko defies description.
New York Post
Most experienced filmmakers wouldn't even attempt a film that's so blackly funny, that so rapidly shifts genres and tone, and that layers late '80s cultural references so thickly, from "E.T." to Smurfs.
Chicago Sun-Times
Donnie Darko is the one that got away. But it was fun trying to land it.
Boston Globe
The debut feature from 26-year-old director Richard Kelly shows plenty of promise, but it's somewhat self-involved and won't appeal to audiences who like a straightforward -- even if fantastical -- narrative.
New York Daily News
The flaws are more than balanced out by the risks the earnest Kelly encourages his excellent cast to take.
If this movie ever figured out what it wanted to be when it grows up, it would be a terrific one.
This is really one of those Rorschach test films. You either love it or hate it. For those who loved it, I have only one word: overrated.
Just another self-absorbed teen chronicle, with the added twist of a little time travel and a surprise ending.

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