Donnie Darko - Nostalgia Critic

  • Published on Feb 20, 2019
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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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  • Channel Awesome
    Channel Awesome  Month ago +544

    So, is Donnie Darko a deep classic or a pretentious slosh?
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    • Phage Grove
      Phage Grove Day ago

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

    • Phage Grove
      Phage Grove Day ago

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

    • FlameBugs
      FlameBugs 5 days ago

      there is a sequal to this movie called s. darko

    • Phage Grove
      Phage Grove 6 days ago

      what u know it too!? cause i stopped whatching fosters home for imaginary friend at 8 years old.:im a ten year old child born january 8th 2009 idc if im too young my parents also cuss and i do it too.

    • Jasmine Jewel
      Jasmine Jewel 14 days ago +1

      A deep classic

  • Zayden Turner
    Zayden Turner Day ago

    Epic moist attack

  • Hunter Grant
    Hunter Grant 2 days ago

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

  • Ric Moriarty
    Ric Moriarty 2 days ago

    I like your boobs.

  • Harry Savva
    Harry Savva 3 days ago +1

    I like the Director's Cut better

  • vinler
    vinler 3 days ago

    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.

  • Rachel
    Rachel 4 days ago

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

  • A Frog
    A Frog 4 days ago

    Donnie the lazy eyed mouth breather

  • Links Elements
    Links Elements 5 days ago

    Now u gotta do Samantha Darko now thats a classic

  • Phage Grove
    Phage Grove 6 days ago


  • Blue Plays
    Blue Plays 7 days ago

    I gave the bell a Tapp Tapp Tapparoo

  • Jesse Ortega
    Jesse Ortega 8 days ago

    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!!

  • Matt Roy
    Matt Roy 9 days ago

    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.

  • Anohni Muse
    Anohni Muse 9 days ago

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

  • Sharon Fay
    Sharon Fay 9 days ago

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

  • Lantz Tompkins
    Lantz Tompkins 10 days ago

    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

  • The One Who Laughs
    The One Who Laughs 10 days ago

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

  • Gumpy Flyale
    Gumpy Flyale 10 days ago +1

    I love stamps to

  • Aimster
    Aimster 11 days ago

    how come no one ever reviews the movie domino?

  • Tatters
    Tatters 11 days ago

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

  • Kevin Suarez Macena
    Kevin Suarez Macena 12 days ago

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

  • Lightup Darkness
    Lightup Darkness 12 days ago

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

  • Lightup Darkness
    Lightup Darkness 12 days ago

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

  • MTF

    This is probably my favourite film ever

  • blacklite911
    blacklite911 12 days ago

    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

  • Killer Kirby
    Killer Kirby 12 days ago

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

  • omar Balooshi
    omar Balooshi 12 days ago

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

  • Starfall Entertainment

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

    • Killer Kirby
      Killer Kirby 12 days ago

      Starfall Entertainment everyday we stray further from god

  • Train fan1995
    Train fan1995 13 days ago


  • Mortilum
    Mortilum 13 days ago

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

  • dragonball slayer326
    dragonball slayer326 13 days ago

    Donnie darko is a masterpiece absolutely beautiful

  • dragonball slayer326
    dragonball slayer326 13 days ago

    This is my favorite nostalgia critic episode

  • Eric Sebastian
    Eric Sebastian 13 days ago

    Do Buffy the Vampire Slayer!

  • Nigerian Prinssi
    Nigerian Prinssi 14 days ago

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

  • BurnSchulz
    BurnSchulz 14 days ago

    Skip the add 15:59

  • sullgass
    sullgass 14 days ago

    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.

  • Wjesnn Kbcho
    Wjesnn Kbcho 14 days ago

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

  • Wicked Lulu
    Wicked Lulu 15 days ago

    "Fucking Bubbles" Line always gets to me lol

  • Vinnie Lake
    Vinnie Lake 15 days ago

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

  • Alexander Revier
    Alexander Revier 15 days ago

    You're from Italy?

  • mattis joey
    mattis joey 15 days ago

    no one gives a shit about Stamps..

  • Jack Greene
    Jack Greene 15 days ago

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

  • huskersmaster
    huskersmaster 15 days ago

    Say what you will, that smurf monologue is gold

  • G Thegrimreaper
    G Thegrimreaper 15 days ago

    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??

  • James Miller
    James Miller 15 days ago

    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.

  • Kay Haven
    Kay Haven 15 days ago

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

  • Rice
    Rice 15 days ago

    You’re wrong about the wage gap

  • Kay Haven
    Kay Haven 15 days ago

    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.

  • Dredo
    Dredo 16 days ago

    good movie

  • Luigi Cat
    Luigi Cat 16 days ago


  • Billious
    Billious 16 days ago


  • A Small Boomish
    A Small Boomish 16 days ago

    Does Doug age?

  • Trey Colori
    Trey Colori 16 days ago

    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.

  • Snicket
    Snicket 16 days ago +1

    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.

  • Cringey McCringe
    Cringey McCringe 16 days ago

    Oh no, I do fortnite dance memes.

  • Badguy
    Badguy 16 days ago

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

  • KamenRider BlackMan
    KamenRider BlackMan 17 days ago

    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

  • HiPasztetProductions
    HiPasztetProductions 17 days ago

    Awesome Avatar T-shirt! I want one!

  • ledzeppelin711
    ledzeppelin711 17 days ago

    Fuck this movie, that is all

  • Johnathan Bates
    Johnathan Bates 17 days ago

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

  • Daniel Trace
    Daniel Trace 17 days ago

    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.

  • Daemonnoob
    Daemonnoob 17 days ago

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

  • Yusra Kriel
    Yusra Kriel 18 days ago

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

  • Mrs Jacob Seed
    Mrs Jacob Seed 18 days ago

    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?

  • Kira Lawlet
    Kira Lawlet 18 days ago +1


  • tarabaci
    tarabaci 19 days ago +1

    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 17 days ago

      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.

  • Mythic Dystopia
    Mythic Dystopia 19 days ago

    Its funny because i fell asleep during evil dead 2 lastnight

  • lashkaretoiba
    lashkaretoiba 19 days ago

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

  • Cracno112
    Cracno112 19 days ago

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

  • L as in L
    L as in L 19 days ago

    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.

  • Wolf Rider
    Wolf Rider 19 days ago

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

  • Peanut Butter Jack
    Peanut Butter Jack 19 days ago

    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!

  • Carrie Reed
    Carrie Reed 19 days ago

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

  • Helder Oliveira
    Helder Oliveira 20 days ago +4

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

    • Swoooze
      Swoooze 15 days ago

      Because he insulted the terrible DC movie franchise?

  • Joyful Leader
    Joyful Leader 20 days ago

    This movie sucks

  • Kira Maxwell
    Kira Maxwell 20 days ago


  • Derek Wheeler
    Derek Wheeler 20 days ago +1

    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.

  • Erif The fox
    Erif The fox 20 days ago +1

    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

  • Abhishek Mondal
    Abhishek Mondal 20 days ago

    Gyllenthall ?

  • Makujah
    Makujah 21 day ago +14

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

  • Makujah
    Makujah 21 day ago +1

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

  • ArcticKaiju
    ArcticKaiju 21 day ago

    What is this movie?

  • L
    L 22 days ago

    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.

  • Z Soper
    Z Soper 22 days ago

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

  • Will Ives
    Will Ives 22 days ago

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

  • Tigerwolf entertainment

    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.

  • Anything. Lucy
    Anything. Lucy 22 days ago

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

  • Faxanadu
    Faxanadu 23 days ago

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

  • MrDoctorWho 6
    MrDoctorWho 6 23 days ago +1

    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!

  • Mar Gillard
    Mar Gillard 23 days ago

    Hey, you fuck.

  • MrPuggyWins
    MrPuggyWins 23 days ago +2


  • owen alioto
    owen alioto 23 days ago +1

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

  • owen alioto
    owen alioto 23 days ago +3

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

    • Jared Martin
      Jared Martin 19 days ago

      Very hard to understand as well huh?

  • ariel warner
    ariel warner 23 days ago +1

    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?

  • alienbeing00
    alienbeing00 23 days ago

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

  • FestArc
    FestArc 23 days ago

    The thing was the best part of this video.

  • John Hamm
    John Hamm 23 days ago

    I love this movie.

  • Jamie Siple
    Jamie Siple 23 days ago

    there is sequel to that with girl i think

  • MusicOTNight2096
    MusicOTNight2096 23 days ago

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

  • KawaiiLemon
    KawaiiLemon 24 days ago

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