Donnie Darko - Nostalgia Critic

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This art-house darling has a lot of people wondering, is this a deep classic or pretentious slosh? Can it be both? Nostalgia Critic gives his thoughts on Donnie Darko.
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Donnie Darko is a 2001 American science fiction film written and directed by Richard Kelly. It stars Jake Gyllenhaal, Jena Malone, Drew Barrymore, Mary McDonnell, Katharine Ross, Patrick Swayze, Noah Wyle, Stu Stone, Daveigh Chase and Maggie Gyllenhaal.

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  1. Channel Awesome

    Channel Awesome

    2 meses atrás

    So, is Donnie Darko a deep classic or a pretentious slosh? Support this week's charity -

    • Starman Gaming

      Starman Gaming

      Dia atrás

      +Gabriel Oviedo to answer: yes



      22 dias atrás

      donnie darko is a worst movie ever made

    • Phage Grove

      Phage Grove

      Mês atrás

      :im a ten year old whatching this but i dont give a fuck.

    • Phage Grove

      Phage Grove

      Mês atrás

      well it depends was it originally intended to be that way or does the internet never really explain it

    • FlameBugs


      Mês atrás

      there is a sequal to this movie called s. darko

  2. Hessed3712


    2 dias atrás

    So did the girlfriend really die?

  3. Just Call Me Ace

    Just Call Me Ace

    4 dias atrás

    I live in Australia so I don't understand what do stamps do I'm quite confused by the ad

  4. Roxy Woodward

    Roxy Woodward

    10 dias atrás

    Yeah I know it's not really fair, since you're reviewing the actual movie, but I'd seriously recommend the director's cut of Donnie Darko. The editing is a LOT less awkward, all scenes just linger a little longer, so it's less of the 'super mario feel' you were talking about. Also, it's a lot clearer what actually goes on in this film. Donnie Darko is one of my favourite movies of all times, but saying that, I'm pretty much referring to the director's cut. The editing really bugs me in the theatrical version.

  5. Daemic


    10 dias atrás

    Holy shitttt breaking the 4th wall like tha so subtly during the intro was masterful

  6. Ciaran Foster

    Ciaran Foster

    10 dias atrás

    cinema venom did a expose doc on u and im starting to beleave him ads ads ads how much u getting paid mate

  7. Kayleigh Brown

    Kayleigh Brown

    14 dias atrás

    Am I the only one that thought this movie was just pretty good. Like, yeah. It was kinda clever and kinda cool and I liked what it did but that's the key word. Kinda. I liked it. It was pretty good. But mind blowing? I dunno if I'm just being super hipstery never struck me as THAT deep. Like I guess it's pretty deep for a movie this mainstream's like level 3 artsy ya know.

  8. Stuart Habeger

    Stuart Habeger

    15 dias atrás

    9:37 Who's gonna count off your head at night One asks who. We know He is not human. It's Donnie darko

  9. Tynox 01

    Tynox 01

    15 dias atrás

    2:45 good taste lady, i literally just finished IT today, ITS pretty damn good

  10. altarush


    17 dias atrás

    Do the Incredible Mister Limpet : the Don Knotts movie.

  11. Gloomy Fish

    Gloomy Fish

    17 dias atrás

    "I guess I missed the part where they went from name-calling to multiple homicide" Hoooo boy I am getting some Jeff The Killer flashbacks...

  12. Sid TheFilthyBastard

    Sid TheFilthyBastard

    17 dias atrás

    Why didn't you talk about the soundtrack??? It has one of the greatest soundtracks ever. By the way, i love the movie, not because it's deep. But because of the phylpsophical nature of it. And i feel like Donnie is one of the greatest characters ever written. And also preatty relatable for any person with phsychiatric problems. It feels like if a bunch of emos from the 80's and 90's decided to make a film; all about depression, anxiety, and other phsychiatric stuff, and a lot of sad romance (that that's basicly what this movie is about); just like fugazi, rites of spring, or i hate myself. I think that if this movie came out in more resent years it would have been praised a lot, because of all the 80's vibe. You know, this trend of 80's vibe with since fiction and stuff . So yeah, i love Donnie Darko, but not because of the reasons people mostly Say it's cool or not. And i'm not trying to be unique, i'm just trying to show the other side of this movie (that really has a fucking awesome soundtrack)

  13. Inter Sans Historia

    Inter Sans Historia

    18 dias atrás

    Only Nostalgia Critic can make a stamp sales truly amusing and interesting.

  14. Travis-Colt Gray

    Travis-Colt Gray

    20 dias atrás

    Do Armageddon

  15. Andrew Viewtieful Tachibana

    Andrew Viewtieful Tachibana

    20 dias atrás

    i dont think you're commited to Sparkle Sparkle Sparkle motion

  16. Andrew Viewtieful Tachibana

    Andrew Viewtieful Tachibana

    20 dias atrás

    movie schools are often full of dumbass's or assholes, JUST LIKE MY SCHOOLS!!!!!!!!

  17. Matthew Davies

    Matthew Davies

    20 dias atrás

    This is the only video I've not watched from series 12 & without getting onto it too much I'm going to say it's one of the best films ever & one of my favourite movies

  18. Jennifer Carmack

    Jennifer Carmack

    21 dia atrás

    Fuck all of y'all. This movie is amazing.

  19. Alexis Dennis

    Alexis Dennis

    23 dias atrás

    Guys rember danny darko dantdms evil ego

  20. Pinestraker


    25 dias atrás

    Where did you get that Avatar t-shirt?!?

  21. naterpler


    25 dias atrás


  22. Drawyoursword420


    26 dias atrás

    You're right critic promo code nostalgia because......stamps? Why not have an ad for betamax? But I WILL take the free scale

  23. Odd Freaks

    Odd Freaks

    27 dias atrás

    “He looks so much like Lola Bunny-“ *two sudden claps* “HUMAN TITS! I LOVE HUMAN TITS!”

  24. Ciaran Mather

    Ciaran Mather

    Mês atrás

    2:47 coincidentally, also the ending of another film featuring Jake Gyllenhaal...

  25. Jinhunter Slay

    Jinhunter Slay

    Mês atrás

    9:45 I've never watched this movie before, but any movie that references the Smurfs (the FRIGGIN of the most garbage franchises out there!) and uses it as if it's some kind of meaningful line is clearly NOT SMART. In fact, it's downright cringe-worthy!

  26. Wesley Darnell

    Wesley Darnell

    Mês atrás

    11:38 The hell did Donnie say?

  27. lcyw20


    Mês atrás

    Critic, Where did you get your Avatar/Captain Planet T-shirt?

  28. lcyw20


    Mês atrás

    The rabbit looks a lot like the rabbit masks used in the Arkham series of games for the Mad Hatter portions.

  29. BlueVelvet116


    Mês atrás

    Tbh, I think DD was one of the first movies that tried to somewhat copy a David Lynchian type of filmmaking while attempting something lighter in terms of character and atmosphere. Nowadays there are just so many of them, even shows like Maniac did this. I mostly agree with the critic, parts of it come out hollow and pretentious despite, yet other parts are memorably good. It's the one sub-genre I can't quite put my finger on. On one hand, it is indeed thought-provoking which is a huge achievement in the era of countless reboots, but on the other hand, I'm like "Well, this could mean anything, much like anyone can make a movie that is intentionally weird, what's the guarantee there's an actual original concept behind it"? Gyllenhaal was also in Enemy - now that's a great surreal movie in my eyes, but I wouldn't be appalled if someone doesn't really find it all that great.

  30. CrackedReality


    Mês atrás

    Lyle McDouchebag also did a video on this and well... Seth... A car is coming...

  31. Hessed3712


    Mês atrás

    Wait... what? The bunny was a dude he killed from the future? And then his girlfriend dies, and his mom and sister get stuck in a time loop/vacuum/ timy whimy things and crash into his room. Killing him and resetting the timeline? But why? How? My head hurts. I’m going to watch a review of Green Lantern.

  32. Viraemia 096

    Viraemia 096

    Mês atrás

    Dude seriously your sense of humor is worst than leonard part 6 director's sense of humor

  33. Robert Burns

    Robert Burns

    Mês atrás

    My favorite movie

  34. 42nd Blaze

    42nd Blaze

    Mês atrás

    Nostalgia Critic modern review style Most of the review: THIS MOVIE SUCKS some of it is good BUT THIS IS OVERALL A SHITHEAP His conclusion: This movie was good and thought provoking in it’s own way though it has some flaws

  35. Ciorchinele Suprem

    Ciorchinele Suprem

    Mês atrás

    Donnie Darko? Really Doug? Stop. Just stop...

  36. Joshua Schmidt

    Joshua Schmidt

    Mês atrás

    Do The Grinch (2018)

  37. CrazyQuilman157


    Mês atrás


  38. Emma Hill

    Emma Hill

    Mês atrás


  39. Dead Girls

    Dead Girls

    Mês atrás

    As a huge fan of this movie I find his video hilarious .They were in a school for troubled kids he was gifted it was spiritual and scientific time travel its like If you haven't had a spiritual experience most of this is just gonna seem nuts . I liked it cuz they think he's crazy but he's gifted like a lot of people that are labeled mentally off. I didn't like some scenes they where dumb like. But it fits he's playing a troubled teen . I like all his videos there really good comedy .lol

  40. SukiNoKoe


    Mês atrás

    "Are there ANY movie schools NOT run by dumbasses!?" Let me think here..... UMMMMMMMMMM........

  41. SukiNoKoe


    Mês atrás

    ......this movie looks weird af, not in a good way, either. Points for the 'Girl Who Leapt Through Time' reference.

  42. Pat Cassar

    Pat Cassar

    Mês atrás

    It's the Rick and Morty of abstract cinema, fans acts like it's so high brow and unique. It's a good gateway drug to explore more surreal, slow pace movies, just don't say it's "the greatest movie" Until you watch more movies within the same genre.

  43. Blahblahblah


    Mês atrás

    Maggie and jake are only three years apart in real life, why is it hard to believe they could play siblings?

  44. Andrew Abbey

    Andrew Abbey

    Mês atrás

    “Because Donnie Darko has 2 very polarizing audiences” I didn’t know this was a Star Wars movie

  45. Dani Freak

    Dani Freak

    Mês atrás

    Another bird sound: ALAN!!

  46. Alejandro Rodolfo Mendez

    Alejandro Rodolfo Mendez

    Mês atrás

    It is weird to me, internet keep mention this movie but i never saw or have any memory of even heard it on tv. it is like if I were from another dimension. it is even weirder to known that drew barrimore was in this, maybe that way she met his husband, the guy from freddy got fingered. somehow it is an artsy interesting concept, i would like it to have a better ending, or you can put that everything was in donny imagination before dying.

  47. disparityband


    Mês atrás

    This movie seemed genuinely interesting to me before I read the explanation. Now I fucking hate it. A good film has to be understandable given what's contained within the film itself OR has to be a technically brilliant movie wherein understanding the unknowable isn't necessary because it's so well made on a technical level (cinematography, dialogue, editing, acting, art design) that it is kept interesting. This film obviously fails both. And as a mystery to solve, I love the answer: "the rift was caused by uh well er whatever who cares, the important part is everything else but the answer".

  48. Scottish Locke

    Scottish Locke

    Mês atrás

    Am I the only one who’s gonna point out he said gylenthal instead of gyllenhal?

  49. Natalie Metcalf

    Natalie Metcalf

    Mês atrás

    Poorly done movie, but it is about schizophrenia. Idk its kinda deep but leaves a lot to be desired

  50. Alejandro Alvarez

    Alejandro Alvarez

    Mês atrás

    Director cut, please

  51. DraculaCronqvist


    Mês atrás

    Donnie Darko is like Pulp Fiction. Overhyped piece of shit with no message in it, but pretends *so* *hard* to have a message.

  52. michaelkeha


    Mês atrás

    this movie has Seth Rogan in it well then you know it's a piece of crap.

  53. jakegetscake


    Mês atrás

    I love this movie the soundtrack is amazing

  54. Erica Marie Lee Pagan

    Erica Marie Lee Pagan

    Mês atrás

    I wish during the Smurf part Black Nerd Andre just peeked in

  55. Erica Marie Lee Pagan

    Erica Marie Lee Pagan

    Mês atrás

    Can you please review John Dies at the Emd with Paul Giamatti?

  56. Pentarax


    Mês atrás

    The best way to describe the movie is this; it's an inverted "It's a Wonderful Life". Instead of a man being shown a world where he's dead that ends with him deciding to live, it's a man being shown a world where he lives and everything is awful so he goes back and dies to make everything better.

  57. BoyKagome


    Mês atrás

    If I understand it right, Donnie is a god who used his power to save himself from a Jet Engine crashing into him. However, by saving himself everyone elses life went to crap... So the movie is him figuring out why its better to sacrifice himself for their sakes. So at the end he uses his power to go back and take the hit. Like Haruhi Suzumiya, it doesn't seem like hes aware of his power...until the very end.

  58. Wire One

    Wire One

    Mês atrás

    I hate this movie for the simple fact that it essentially created the Tumblr “deep” edgelord subculture. This movie birthed a lot of Hot Topic customers.

  59. Vanessa B.

    Vanessa B.

    Mês atrás

    You know what was a masterpiece? That promo.

  60. Nailz4Dayz


    Mês atrás

    11:55 Hogwarts?

  61. J.P. Kalfakis

    J.P. Kalfakis

    Mês atrás

    I honestly thought this was an incredible movie.

  62. Alex Rubin

    Alex Rubin

    Mês atrás

    Oh please, we all know that the best movie to watch while on a date is the movie about the husband and wife trying to kill each other. I'm brain farting on the name of the movie right now. Please tell me what movie it is.

  63. Haydn Anderson

    Haydn Anderson

    Mês atrás

    19:20 Oh god, her head is at like a 30 degree angle, but her hairline is somehow perfectly level! This is the most jarring shit in the movie.

  64. Daniel Boulrice

    Daniel Boulrice

    Mês atrás

    Ok hut how do you get the stamps to stick of you print them out?

  65. Groundhog Day 1993 is AWESOME!

    Groundhog Day 1993 is AWESOME!

    Mês atrás

    "It ends with a SPIDER, and they all bang the girl. Happy reading." LOL, best part about the book "IT" xD

  66. sirabdude14


    Mês atrás

    When the entire point of a film is "betcha didn't understand this!!" whilst also being the most obviously symbolic horse shit imaginable, it's not a good film.

  67. Zayden Turner

    Zayden Turner

    Mês atrás

    Epic moist attack

  68. Hunter Grant

    Hunter Grant

    Mês atrás

    Sometimes I doubt your commitment to remembering it so that I don't have to.

  69. Ric Moriarty

    Ric Moriarty

    Mês atrás

    I like your boobs.

  70. Harry Savva

    Harry Savva

    Mês atrás

    I like the Director's Cut better

  71. vinler


    Mês atrás

    It would appear this is the director's cut being reviewed witch I saw first and the finally seen the theatrical cut possibly last years. The Director's Cut had not extra scenes add to the movie but some scenes were moved to different places. Maybe I'm biased having seen the Director's Cut first but that is, In my opinion, the better version. I don't really know what the movie is saying, and I don't care, but I liked it because it seemed, to me, original and different.

  72. Rachel


    Mês atrás

    That was the best commercial I've ever seen or heard.

  73. A Frog

    A Frog

    Mês atrás

    Donnie the lazy eyed mouth breather

  74. Links Elements

    Links Elements

    2 meses atrás

    Now u gotta do Samantha Darko now thats a classic

  75. Phage Grove

    Phage Grove

    2 meses atrás


    • Phage Grove

      Phage Grove

      Mês atrás

      i mean im 10 years old

  76. WonkaVator


    2 meses atrás

    I gave the bell a Tapp Tapp Tapparoo

  77. Jesse Ortega

    Jesse Ortega

    2 meses atrás

    Fucking bubbles!! Funny how years later I get nostalgia from your own work!! Thank you for the ridiculous amount of laughs over time. Keep it up!!

  78. Matt Roy

    Matt Roy

    2 meses atrás

    So basically the way I see it, he saw his own death..and was trying to cope with it. Then in the end he couldn't escape it but had to come to terms with it regardless of the rest.

  79. Anohni Muse

    Anohni Muse

    2 meses atrás

    "oh man i gotta hear what The Nostalgia Critic thinks about Donnie Darko"

  80. Sharon Fay

    Sharon Fay

    2 meses atrás

    He forgot the weird ending that doesn't make sense. It turns out he's in purgatory.

  81. Lantz Tompkins

    Lantz Tompkins

    2 meses atrás

    I was going to skip the commercial but when you put that much life into it i gotta watch it all the way through. Much respect

  82. The One Who Laughs

    The One Who Laughs

    2 meses atrás

    21:55 I was expecting A Fish Called Wanda reference there.

  83. Gumpy Flyale

    Gumpy Flyale

    2 meses atrás

    I love stamps to

  84. Aimster


    2 meses atrás

    how come no one ever reviews the movie domino?

  85. Tatters


    2 meses atrás

    I think in 5:04, there's some people in that production who are fans of TWEWY.

  86. Kevin Suarez Macena

    Kevin Suarez Macena

    2 meses atrás

    I feel it just a good movie to see while trippin' with someone, nothin' else. But if not is kinda sluggish to sit through.

  87. Lightup Darkness

    Lightup Darkness

    2 meses atrás

    Ohh his girlfriend wasn't supposed to die or Armageddon she was the key

  88. Lightup Darkness

    Lightup Darkness

    2 meses atrás

    Wish they stuck to a scene instead of cuting to next boring scene

  89. MTF


    2 meses atrás

    This is probably my favourite film ever

  90. blacklite911


    2 meses atrás

    If I were to call my mom a bitch she would’ve cracked me over the head with a lead pipe THEN kick me out

  91. Killer Kirby

    Killer Kirby

    2 meses atrás

    He mentioned fortnite he's given up his right to his kneecap

  92. omar Balooshi

    omar Balooshi

    2 meses atrás

    777th dislike .. you asshole, you deleted my gylenTHAAL comment

  93. Starfall Entertainment

    Starfall Entertainment

    2 meses atrás

    Wait! There's a God's not Dead 3!?

    • Killer Kirby

      Killer Kirby

      2 meses atrás

      Starfall Entertainment everyday we stray further from god

  94. Train fan1995

    Train fan1995

    2 meses atrás


  95. Mortilum


    2 meses atrás

    Doug keeps getting funnier and funnier in these reviews. I enjoyed every second of this one.

  96. dragonball slayer326

    dragonball slayer326

    2 meses atrás

    Donnie darko is a masterpiece absolutely beautiful

  97. dragonball slayer326

    dragonball slayer326

    2 meses atrás

    This is my favorite nostalgia critic episode

  98. Eric Sebastian

    Eric Sebastian

    2 meses atrás

    Do Buffy the Vampire Slayer!

  99. Nigeria Prince

    Nigeria Prince

    2 meses atrás

    Its nice to know that i wasnt the only one that got donald duck wibes

  100. BurnSchulz


    2 meses atrás

    Skip the add 15:59

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