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

    25 dias atrás

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

    • Jasmine Jewel

      Jasmine Jewel

      7 dias atrás

      A deep classic

    • dimwalker


      16 dias atrás

      Bashing Donnie Darko? Well I don't like your boobs, Critic!

    • Nikolas Mace

      Nikolas Mace

      17 dias atrás

      Can you look at Godzilla Planet of the Monsters????????

    • Gaming Goof

      Gaming Goof

      19 dias atrás

      Wher's that anime reference you promised? ;/

    • Avery Anderson

      Avery Anderson

      19 dias atrás

      Channel Awesome the answer is yes

  2. Jesse Ortega

    Jesse Ortega

    14 horas 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!!

  3. Matt Roy

    Matt Roy

    Dia 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.

  4. Anohni Muse

    Anohni Muse

    Dia atrás

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

  5. Sharon Fay

    Sharon Fay

    2 dias atrás

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

  6. Lantz Tompkins

    Lantz Tompkins

    3 dias 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

  7. The One Who Laughs

    The One Who Laughs

    3 dias atrás

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

  8. Gumpy Flyale

    Gumpy Flyale

    3 dias atrás

    I love stamps to

  9. Aimster


    3 dias atrás

    how come no one ever reviews the movie domino?

  10. Tatters


    3 dias atrás

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

  11. Kevin Suarez Macena

    Kevin Suarez Macena

    4 dias 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.

  12. Lightup Darkness

    Lightup Darkness

    4 dias atrás

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

  13. Lightup Darkness

    Lightup Darkness

    4 dias atrás

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

  14. MTF Michael.talks.fashion

    MTF Michael.talks.fashion

    4 dias atrás

    This is probably my favourite film ever

  15. blacklite911


    4 dias 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

  16. Killer Kirby

    Killer Kirby

    4 dias atrás

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

  17. omar Balooshi

    omar Balooshi

    5 dias atrás

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

  18. Starfall Entertainment

    Starfall Entertainment

    5 dias atrás

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

    • Killer Kirby

      Killer Kirby

      4 dias atrás

      Starfall Entertainment everyday we stray further from god

  19. Train fan1995

    Train fan1995

    5 dias atrás


  20. Mortilum


    5 dias atrás

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

  21. dragonball slayer326

    dragonball slayer326

    6 dias atrás

    Donnie darko is a masterpiece absolutely beautiful

  22. dragonball slayer326

    dragonball slayer326

    6 dias atrás

    This is my favorite nostalgia critic episode

  23. Eric Sebastian

    Eric Sebastian

    6 dias atrás

    Do Buffy the Vampire Slayer!

  24. Nigerian Prinssi

    Nigerian Prinssi

    6 dias atrás

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

  25. BurnSchulz


    6 dias atrás

    Skip the add 15:59

  26. sullgass


    6 dias atrás

    This has really become an increasing trend with NC's content. Today I'm reviewing a film with two polarized sides, and I see the reasons behind both and fall somewhere in the middle. Just once I'd like to see Doug examine polarizing film and fall firmly on one side. I suppose we got that with Man of Steel, but that movie was ages ago.

  27. Wjesnn Kbcho

    Wjesnn Kbcho

    7 dias atrás

    I'm indifferent on this bald kek nowadays. He's creepy as fuck.

  28. Wicked Lulu

    Wicked Lulu

    7 dias atrás

    "Fucking Bubbles" Line always gets to me lol

  29. Vinnie Lake

    Vinnie Lake

    7 dias atrás

    sparkle sparkle sparkle ....f*ck yea sparkle sparkle sparkle

  30. Alexander Revier

    Alexander Revier

    7 dias atrás

    You're from Italy?

  31. mattis joey

    mattis joey

    7 dias atrás

    no one gives a shit about Stamps..

  32. Jack Greene

    Jack Greene

    7 dias atrás

    Wow!! How did you get John Malcovich to do the stamps.com add?!?!?

  33. huskersmaster


    7 dias atrás

    Say what you will, that smurf monologue is gold

  34. G Thegrimreaper

    G Thegrimreaper

    7 dias atrás

    its great because you can watch it more and more and find more that applies... its not outstanding. but it is good. I thought you were suppose to review shit that is bad but ppl have nostalgia for it and make it good??

  35. James Miller

    James Miller

    7 dias atrás

    I feel like the ending is just another spin off of "oh it was all a dream" and shit. Like oh nothing mattered, everything that happened was an alternate reality/timeline yada yada yada.

  36. Kay Haven

    Kay Haven

    8 dias atrás

    So why hasn’t this movie and Heathers dated yet?

  37. Rice


    8 dias atrás

    You’re wrong about the wage gap

  38. Kay Haven

    Kay Haven

    8 dias atrás

    Maybe I need to rewatch this movie, but I found it so boring in the first viewing that I think I didn’t even finish it. That bunny was ******* scary as **** though.

  39. Dredo


    8 dias atrás

    good movie

  40. Luigi Cat

    Luigi Cat

    8 dias atrás


  41. Billious


    8 dias atrás


  42. Boomer G

    Boomer G

    8 dias atrás

    Does Doug age?

  43. Trey Colori

    Trey Colori

    8 dias atrás

    Who gives a shit about the Care Bear sticker on the whiteboard? Always looking for the tiniest, pointless things to gripe about, are you? Also, Gyllen-fall? More like Doug and Rob Faller, amirite? Shove your biases up your ass. And no, Wiseau did not rehearse "bitch" with Jake, so stop lying. And stop with the early 2000s "slow-to-fast motion" effects criticism, dickface.

  44. Snicket


    8 dias atrás

    You forgot about to mention how the ending credits alluding to how each of the characters would have died/ been effected in the original time lone.

  45. Cringey McCringe

    Cringey McCringe

    8 dias atrás

    Oh no, I do fortnite dance memes.

  46. Badguy


    9 dias atrás

    Watching DD is like watching the Aeon Flux series, it's a nice disruptive piece of art, but i refuse to understand it.

  47. KamenRider BlackMan

    KamenRider BlackMan

    9 dias atrás

    This movie's bad...It's just bad. There's nothing learned in this movie and I feel like it's about a potential school shooter

  48. HiPasztetProductions


    9 dias atrás

    Awesome Avatar T-shirt! I want one!

  49. ledzeppelin711


    9 dias atrás

    Fuck this movie, that is all

  50. Johnathan Bates

    Johnathan Bates

    9 dias atrás

    1up for showing me the last airbender planeteer shirt. I'm ordering one right now as i type this comment. Thank you!

  51. Daniel Trace

    Daniel Trace

    9 dias atrás

    I grew up a goth (tragic I know) but somehow I never saw this movie, I think some part of me assumed it was overrated, but watching this review and seeing a lot of these scenes makes me glad I never saw it. Donnie is very similar to how most of us goths were in my town and seeing this would've either made me feel justified in staying goth longer, or made me feel disgusted with myself and seek out much more help than I needed at the time.... I eventually grew into needing that much help but I didn't need it at the time.

  52. Daemonnoob


    9 dias atrás

    wow this was awful. i really wonder when youtube will shut this guy down.

  53. Yusra Kriel

    Yusra Kriel

    10 dias atrás

    Doug's stamp advertorial was more entertaining and creative than the entire movie of Donnie Darko.

  54. Mrs Jacob Seed

    Mrs Jacob Seed

    10 dias atrás

    I'm not American so I have no frame of reference but when he says "ah the mountains of Minnesota am I to believe these are like the palm trees in Haddonsfield?

  55. Kira Lawlet

    Kira Lawlet

    10 dias atrás


  56. tarabaci


    11 dias atrás

    Donnie Darko bored me and my friend out of our minds. We heard so much about this movie, it would be sooo cooool and clever. No. We did not get any of these vibes. Afterwards I researched a bit and found all this online-information. The book, the newspaper clips etc. It was kiiiiinda interesting that you had to look a these things as the movie is just like 70% of all the story. But you know what is strange? EVERYBODY I talked about this movie did not know about all that and still adores the movie. And this totally wonders me.

    • Parker Dalglish

      Parker Dalglish

      9 dias atrás

      I'm convinced people just say they like the movie to seem insightful. A movie should be able to stand on its own without outside resources and, even with the resources, it always just came off as wannabe insightful. Another movie that fits this description is Predestination. Sometimes, when a movie is nonsensical while saying what it thinks to be deep material, it isn't that you don't understand it, it's the movie itself is bad.

  57. Mythic Dystopia

    Mythic Dystopia

    11 dias atrás

    Its funny because i fell asleep during evil dead 2 lastnight

  58. lashkaretoiba


    11 dias atrás

    So Doug doesn’t realize this is a catholic school?

  59. Cracno112


    11 dias atrás

    11:57 Yes, back to the future. You slacker.

  60. L as in L

    L as in L

    11 dias atrás

    Night Mind here on youtube does an excellent job explaining everything that might have confused anyone (besides the acting) The time travel, Donnie's powers, the significance of Frank and Gretchen, Roberta Sparrow, the Fourth Dimensional construct (the watery chest bubble) that leads Donnie to the gun that he would later use to kill Frank, etc. Please watch it. His voice is kinda annoying but the message is really cool. br-channel.com/vision/video--9VGnucSxm8.html

  61. Wolf Rider

    Wolf Rider

    11 dias atrás

    8:59 Really? I thought it sounded like the name of a horror movie villain

  62. Peanut Butter Jack

    Peanut Butter Jack

    11 dias atrás

    My drug dealer just ripped me off, but now with that stamp website i just got a free scale. Thanks i'll never be ripped off again!

  63. Carrie Reed

    Carrie Reed

    11 dias atrás

    To all the girls out there who complain about seeing horror movies on date night... Slasher flicks will always be first date gold. Sorry.

  64. Helder Oliveira

    Helder Oliveira

    12 dias atrás

    I'm the Nostalgia Critic, I'm on Disney's payroll so you wen'ver see me tearing apart an MCU movie

    • Swoooze


      8 dias atrás

      Because he insulted the terrible DC movie franchise?

  65. Joyful Leader

    Joyful Leader

    12 dias atrás

    This movie sucks

  66. Kira Maxwell

    Kira Maxwell

    12 dias atrás


  67. Jack Faire

    Jack Faire

    12 dias atrás

    It's possible to understand something and still think it's shit. I understand Donnie Darko but it's not entertaining enough to overlook it's flaws. Meanwhile Looper was entertaining enough that I can overlook the fact the conclusion that young Joe came up with is dumbshit. (In Old Joe's timeline he killed the previous loop's old Joe so no one killed the kid's mom so the kid wouldn't have gone down the dark path so killing himself didn't stop the kid from going down the dark path.) Anyway I digress .The only thing I liked about Donnie Darko was introducing me to Mad World cuz that song was amazing.

  68. Erif The fox

    Erif The fox

    12 dias atrás

    I watched it and really liked it. But I wouldn’t say its a masterpiece but one of those movies i would consider better than most horror movies nowadays

  69. Abhishek Mondal

    Abhishek Mondal

    13 dias atrás

    Gyllenthall ?

  70. Makujah


    13 dias atrás

    It's funny, I live in Russia, but for some reason all of a sudden I really want to buy US stamps

  71. Makujah


    13 dias atrás

    Jesus fock, that 60 fps Doug scared the hell out of me

  72. ArcticKaiju


    14 dias atrás

    What is this movie?

  73. L


    14 dias atrás

    Funny that jake gyllenhaal stars in this, and the opening credits a lady is reading IT by Stephen King, since Jake will be in that movie too.

  74. Z Soper

    Z Soper

    14 dias atrás

    You'd be surprised by how many students raise there hand even though they didn't do the assignment.

  75. Will Ives

    Will Ives

    14 dias atrás

    I don't mean to be a jerk about the paid promotion but who'd subscribe to stamps.com. He does a pretty funny and good job of selling though lol.😄😄😄

  76. Tigerwolf entertainment

    Tigerwolf entertainment

    14 dias atrás

    I bought this movie way back in the 2000s and have yet to watch it. Now I feel like I've seen all the important parts through you.

  77. Anything. Lucy

    Anything. Lucy

    14 dias atrás

    “Sometimes I dought your commit to sparkle motion.” Sounds like something I’d write when I was 9

  78. Faxanadu


    15 dias atrás

    I mean...I had a small 'fort' in the woods with furniture in it growing up

  79. MrDoctorWho 6

    MrDoctorWho 6

    15 dias atrás

    Critic!! There's another scooby doo film for you to review! Some say it's called curse of the lake monster!! Using the same cast members as the mystery begins. What fun!! And it's god damn awful. Therefore I know you'll enjoy it!

  80. Mar Gillard

    Mar Gillard

    15 dias atrás

    Hey, you fuck.

  81. MrPuggyWins


    15 dias atrás


  82. owen alioto

    owen alioto

    15 dias atrás

    9:33 I think when you're spray painting, it looks different than when you're writing on a chalkboard.

  83. owen alioto

    owen alioto

    15 dias atrás

    I saw this when I was really young. It freaked me the f*"k out.

    • Jared Martin

      Jared Martin

      11 dias atrás

      Very hard to understand as well huh?

  84. ariel warner

    ariel warner

    15 dias atrás

    Should I be offended at the Ariel comment? Btw where did you get that Avatar The Last Airbender t-shirt? Where can I get it?

  85. alienbeing00


    15 dias atrás

    kids shout things at dance recitals. they think they're safe because of the darkness

  86. FestArc


    15 dias atrás

    The Stamps.com thing was the best part of this video.

  87. John Hamm

    John Hamm

    16 dias atrás

    I love this movie.

  88. Jamie Siple

    Jamie Siple

    16 dias atrás

    there is sequel to that with girl i think

  89. MusicOTNight2096


    16 dias atrás

    Would love it if you reviewed 'The Stuff' (1985).

  90. KawaiiLemon


    16 dias atrás

    When the stamp ad starts, just skip to 15:57 to get back to the actual video. You’re welcome.

  91. Nikolas Gr*i

    Nikolas Gr*i

    16 dias atrás

    О каких теориях ты говоришь? У фильма есть только один ответ и одна теория, чтобы её узнать, нужно прочесть книгу (там 10 предложений на деле) которую по сюжету написала женщина с ящиком. Она идет в материалах фильма. Смотреть расширенную версию и в идеале комментарии режиссера прочесть, где он сам говорит, что фильм нихрена не понятный без этого всего. Донни Дарко величайши герой вселенной, поскольку он спас её от всхлопывания ценой своей жизни. В чём твоя "ностальгия" и в чем твой "критик". Ты всего лишь нервный юморист с шутками-придирками.

  92. Lost Age Comics

    Lost Age Comics

    16 dias atrás

    My takeaway are the themes of authority, the anti-80s rage, and how the crazy people are the sane ones.

  93. Nikolas Gr*i

    Nikolas Gr*i

    16 dias atrás

    Ой, иди нахуй. Так можно любой фильм разбирать, "Апокалипсис сегодня", "Властелин колец". Вообще любой. Почему ты называешься "Ностальгирующии критик", когда ты просто дергаешь даже не сцены, а части, частей сцен чтобы привязать туда глупую шутку, мне не ясно. Назовись "Плохой шутник с дерганым видеорядом". В России есть твой аналог, такая же хуйня, правда название более подходящее у него, "Плохой комедиант", только он берет современные русские фильмы, занимается этим уже 10 лет, думаю если он не найдет занятие получше, то так же потом кинется на любимую многими классику. Надеюсь он не докатится до твоего уровня. В начале ты сказал -"Я просто скажу свое мнение". Если твое мнение, это цепляться к каждому моменту в негативном ключе, и пытаться вставлять юмореску по любому поводу, то это больше похоже не на мнение, а на количество, сколько раз ты напукаешь за определенное время, под рандомно нарезаный видео ряд.

  94. Aaron Smith

    Aaron Smith

    16 dias atrás

    lol got rid of the original air date section, because I've seen several reruns of movies that have been done on this channel already... I'm not mad, because I'm actually disappointed that your re-reviewing things and posting them as new content. sad.

  95. ShadowWolfRising


    16 dias atrás

    The Nostalgia Critic Nonchantly talking about the events of IT was.......surprising to say the least. 'DC's Cinematic reboot of Bugs Bunny.' You mean from when he go throw in an Albanian Prison for weeks or months, only to be broken out by The US Marines, which is revealed to contain Daffy because he needed a place to go because he got thrown out. All of this with the firing of Assault Rifles and even a Grenade thrown by Daffy in the Background? ..........I'm not making ANY of this up, youtube 'Bugs in Albanian Prison.'. This aired on TV.

  96. Benjamin McLean

    Benjamin McLean

    16 dias atrás

    If you watch the theatrical cut of Donnie Darko, you'll think the movie doesn't make sense but won't be sure. But if you watch the director's cut, then you can be absolutely sure the movie doesn't make sense.

  97. Mr. Bear

    Mr. Bear

    16 dias atrás

    @Doug was wondering how many more years you have left on BR-channel. (Im referring to work.)

  98. oliver clover

    oliver clover

    16 dias atrás

    Doug, I have a question about time travel - will there be a review of the Quantum leap series? )

  99. Nick O

    Nick O

    16 dias atrás

    To be fair this movie is good. I can enjoy it thinking it’s a complete clusterfuck of a movie or a masterpiece that helped inspire one of my favorite web series. (Everymanhybrid)

  100. Double A

    Double A

    16 dias atrás

    I'm starting a stamp collection dammit

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