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  3 months ago +585

    So, is Donnie Darko a deep classic or a pretentious slosh?
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    • Starman Gaming
      Starman Gaming Month ago

      @Gabriel Oviedo to answer: yes


      donnie darko is a worst movie ever made

    • Phage Grove
      Phage Grove 2 months ago

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

    • Phage Grove
      Phage Grove 2 months ago

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

    • FlameBugs
      FlameBugs 3 months ago

      there is a sequal to this movie called s. darko

  • Penny Cat
    Penny Cat 14 hours ago

    guy: so do you have any 'bunny outfits' ;)
    me: oh yeah I do!
    guy: put it on
    me: *comes back dressed as Frank*

  • DJ Beezy
    DJ Beezy Day ago
    This is by far the best explanation.

  • SnakeGeo
    SnakeGeo 2 days ago

    When I watched this movie I was 16 and couldn't understand how somebody could enjoy it. I still feel the same.

  • ultragamer 20
    ultragamer 20 2 days ago +1

    The ultimate weapon to kill Frank the Bunny....


  • Bruno Ribeiro
    Bruno Ribeiro 3 days ago

    wait,Seth Rogen was on this film ? whaaaat

  • Jack Baker
    Jack Baker 3 days ago

    My son just called me a bitch.
    Where is this son of a whore?

  • Silent Assassin
    Silent Assassin 4 days ago

    we are just.....really passionate about art.. (not cringy art)

  • Freaky Fred
    Freaky Fred 7 days ago

    At this point anybody who likes this movie is a dumbass millennial and they will like anything. Hope to fuck none of them become actors..

  • Noirblanque
    Noirblanque 8 days ago +1

    4:18 is that the new Billie Eilish song?

  • Penny Cat
    Penny Cat 12 days ago

    honestly I say we should replace the easter bunny with Frank, I'd kill to see this!!

  • josht27ffx
    josht27ffx 15 days ago

    Is it just me or is this movie just not lit very well

  • Spark
    Spark 16 days ago

    That damn rabbit looks like a black springtrap

  • Austin Love
    Austin Love 18 days ago

    24:05 cool

  • Gabriel Beam
    Gabriel Beam 19 days ago +1

    I didn't know they made a FNAF 3 movie.

  • Hunter Webster
    Hunter Webster 22 days ago

    This is one of those movies I want redone so it's better. I think it brings up good points on socialism and philosophy, but it's distracted by poor direction.

  • Luke S.
    Luke S. 22 days ago

    *G Y L L E N T H A A L*

  • Ririn Collin Wing
    Ririn Collin Wing 28 days ago

    The Movie that deku probably saw that made his first hero outfit

  • William Beal
    William Beal 28 days ago

    Those bedroom eyes

  • Johannes Berg
    Johannes Berg 29 days ago

    people think this movie is better than it really is bc of the cool looking bunny, nothing more

  • Hessed3712
    Hessed3712 Month ago

    So did the girlfriend really die?

  • Just Call Me Ace
    Just Call Me Ace Month ago

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

  • Roxy Woodward
    Roxy Woodward Month ago

    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.

  • Daemic
    Daemic Month ago

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

  • Ciaran Foster
    Ciaran Foster Month ago

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

  • Kayleigh Brown
    Kayleigh Brown Month ago

    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.

  • Stuart Habeger
    Stuart Habeger Month ago

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

  • Tynox 01
    Tynox 01 Month ago

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

  • altarush
    altarush Month ago

    Do the Incredible Mister Limpet : the Don Knotts movie.

  • Gloomy Fish
    Gloomy Fish Month ago +3

    "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...

  • Sid TheFilthyBastard

    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)

  • Inter Sans Historia
    Inter Sans Historia Month ago +1

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

  • Travis-Colt Gray
    Travis-Colt Gray Month ago

    Do Armageddon

  • Andrew Viewtieful Tachibana

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

  • Andrew Viewtieful Tachibana

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

  • Matthew Davies
    Matthew Davies Month ago

    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

  • Jennifer Carmack
    Jennifer Carmack Month ago

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

  • Alexis Dennis
    Alexis Dennis Month ago

    Guys rember danny darko dantdms evil ego

  • Pinestraker
    Pinestraker Month ago

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

  • naterpler
    naterpler Month ago


  • Drawyoursword420
    Drawyoursword420 Month ago

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

  • Odd Freaks
    Odd Freaks Month ago +5

    “He looks so much like Lola Bunny-“
    *two sudden claps*

  • Ciaran Mather
    Ciaran Mather 2 months ago +1

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

  • Jinhunter Slay
    Jinhunter Slay 2 months ago

    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!

  • Wesley Darnell
    Wesley Darnell 2 months ago

    11:38 The hell did Donnie say?

  • lcyw20
    lcyw20 2 months ago +2

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

  • lcyw20
    lcyw20 2 months ago

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

  • BlueVelvet116
    BlueVelvet116 2 months ago

    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.

  • CrackedReality
    CrackedReality 2 months ago +1

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

  • Hessed3712
    Hessed3712 2 months ago

    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.

  • Viraemia 096
    Viraemia 096 2 months ago

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

  • Robert Burns
    Robert Burns 2 months ago

    My favorite movie

  • 42nd Blaze
    42nd Blaze 2 months ago +5

    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

  • Ciorchinele Suprem
    Ciorchinele Suprem 2 months ago

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

  • Joshua Schmidt
    Joshua Schmidt 2 months ago +1

    Do The Grinch (2018)

  • CrazyQuilman157
    CrazyQuilman157 2 months ago


  • Emma Hill
    Emma Hill 2 months ago +2


  • Dead Girls
    Dead Girls 2 months ago

    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

  • SukiNoKoe
    SukiNoKoe 2 months ago +3

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

  • SukiNoKoe
    SukiNoKoe 2 months ago

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

  • Pat Cassar
    Pat Cassar 2 months ago

    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.

  • Blahblahblah
    Blahblahblah 2 months ago

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

  • Andrew Abbey
    Andrew Abbey 2 months ago +2

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

  • Dani Freak
    Dani Freak 2 months ago +3

    Another bird sound: ALAN!!

  • Alejandro Rodolfo Mendez

    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.

  • disparityband
    disparityband 2 months ago

    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".

  • Scottish Locke
    Scottish Locke 2 months ago

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

  • Natalie Metcalf
    Natalie Metcalf 2 months ago

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

  • Alejandro Alvarez
    Alejandro Alvarez 2 months ago

    Director cut, please

  • DraculaCronqvist
    DraculaCronqvist 2 months ago

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

  • michaelkeha
    michaelkeha 2 months ago

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

  • jakegetscake
    jakegetscake 2 months ago +1

    I love this movie the soundtrack is amazing

  • Erica Marie Lee Pagan
    Erica Marie Lee Pagan 2 months ago

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

  • Erica Marie Lee Pagan
    Erica Marie Lee Pagan 2 months ago

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

  • Pentarax
    Pentarax 2 months ago

    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.

  • BoyKagome
    BoyKagome 2 months ago

    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.

  • Wire One
    Wire One 2 months ago +2

    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.

  • Vanessa B.
    Vanessa B. 2 months ago +1

    You know what was a masterpiece? That promo.

  • Nailz4Dayz
    Nailz4Dayz 2 months ago

    11:55 Hogwarts?

  • J.P. Kalfakis
    J.P. Kalfakis 2 months ago

    I honestly thought this was an incredible movie.

  • Alex Rubin
    Alex Rubin 2 months ago

    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.

  • Haydn Anderson
    Haydn Anderson 2 months ago

    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.

  • Daniel Boulrice
    Daniel Boulrice 2 months ago

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

  • Groundhog Day 1993 is AWESOME!

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

    • Joe V
      Joe V 11 days ago

      Was looking in the comments to find something about this

  • sirabdude14
    sirabdude14 2 months ago

    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.

  • Zayden Turner
    Zayden Turner 2 months ago

    Epic moist attack

  • Hunter Grant
    Hunter Grant 2 months ago +1

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

  • Ric Moriarty
    Ric Moriarty 2 months ago

    I like your boobs.

  • Harry Savva
    Harry Savva 2 months ago +1

    I like the Director's Cut better

  • vinler
    vinler 2 months 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 2 months ago

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

  • A Frog
    A Frog 2 months ago

    Donnie the lazy eyed mouth breather

  • Links Elements
    Links Elements 3 months ago

    Now u gotta do Samantha Darko now thats a classic

  • Phage Grove
    Phage Grove 3 months ago


  • WonkaVator
    WonkaVator 3 months ago

    I gave the bell a Tapp Tapp Tapparoo

  • Jesse Ortega
    Jesse Ortega 3 months 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 3 months 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 3 months ago

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

  • Sharon Fay
    Sharon Fay 3 months ago

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

  • Lantz Tompkins
    Lantz Tompkins 3 months 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