'The Fountain' Critic Reviews

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MovieWeb:   6 reviews
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Rotten Tomatoes:   201 reviews
  • Lisa Schwarzbaum Entertainment Weekly (Top Critic)
    75
    I'm perfectly content to float with [Aronofsky] even if he doesn't solve the riddles of the universe.
    Full Review » 8 years ago
  • A.O. Scott New York Times (Top Critic)
    50
    In his third feature, Darren Aronofsky tries to replace the prose of narrative cinema with a poetic language of rhyming images and visual metaphors.
    Full Review » 8 years ago
  • Peter Bradshaw Guardian [UK] (Top Critic)
    20
    There is a strange deadness in the film, together with a callow self-importance and self-pity which become more stultifying with every minute that passes.
    Full Review » 8 years ago
  • Claudia Puig USA Today (Top Critic)
    38
    Though his movie is visually inventive, writer/director Darren Aronofsky has fashioned a ponderous, overblown, genre-bending mess.
    Full Review » 8 years ago
  • Ann Hornaday Washington Post (Top Critic)
    It's a sprawling experiment in philosophical time travel and metaphysical noodling. And it's an earnest, magnificent wreck.
    Full Review » 8 years ago
  • Ty Burr Boston Globe (Top Critic)
    63
    If there were more Darren Aronofskys, the multiplex would be a stranger and better place. Flaws and all, The Fountain believes in itself more fervently than any other movie you may see this year -- so fervently it doesn't need an audience's faith.
    Full Review » 8 years ago
  • J. Hoberman Village Voice (Top Critic)
    The premise is lachrymose, the sets are clammy, and the metaphysics all wet. The screen is awash in spiraling nebulae and misty points of light, with the soundtrack supplying appropriately moist oohs and aahs.
    Full Review » 8 years ago
  • Jack Mathews New York Daily News (Top Critic)
    75
    It's often maddening, because of its structure, and some of its visuals are pretentious nonsense. But, as a story of undying love, it's certainly unique.
    Full Review » 8 years ago
  • Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal (Top Critic)
    A tagline has been affixed to the campaign -- 'What if you could live forever?' -- and it has a certain resonance, especially after seeing the film, which makes 96 minutes seem like eternity.
    Full Review » 8 years ago
  • Amy Biancolli Houston Chronicle (Top Critic)
    100
    Exquisitely beautiful and almost unbearably sad... The Fountain is cinema as poetry; romance as revelation; science fiction as prayer.
    Full Review » 8 years ago
  • Michael Booth Denver Post (Top Critic)
    50
    The Fountain is either innovative science fiction or overwrought melodrama; I can't quite pinpoint which. I realize I'm charged with reaching an opinion here, but it's not easy.
    Full Review » 8 years ago
  • David Edelstein New York Magazine (Top Critic)
    I think I finally understand what George H.W. Bush meant by 'a thousand points of light.'
    Full Review » 8 years ago
  • Anthony Lane New Yorker (Top Critic)
    The movie may have significant truths to impart, although I have my doubts, but it feels too inexperienced, too unworldly, to have earned the right to them.
    Full Review » 8 years ago
  • Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times (Top Critic)
    63
    I will concede the film is not a great success. Too many screens of blinding lights. Too many transitions for their own sake. Abrupt changes of tone.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • Michael Wilmington Chicago Tribune (Top Critic)
    63
    It's an incredibly ambitious film of sometimes thrilling visual achievement, but it didn't connect fully to my mind and nerves.
    Full Review » 8 years ago
  • Meredith Brody Chicago Reader (Top Critic)
    A pretentious, unfocused, and fussy mess, in which director Darren Aronofsky manages to make Hugh Jackman unattractive and unsympathetic.
    Full Review » 8 years ago
  • Steven Rea Philadelphia Inquirer (Top Critic)
    25
    It's a spiritual journey about the timelessness of true love. And it's a journey better not taken.
    Full Review » 8 years ago
  • Colin Covert Minneapolis Star Tribune (Top Critic)
    25
    With its whispered dialogue and funereal tone, The Fountain takes itself far too seriously. No one else will.
    Full Review » 8 years ago
  • Tom Long Detroit News (Top Critic)
    67
    The Fountain is the most ambitious, rich, romantic and ridiculous film of the year, a movie that's both awe and giggle inspiring.
    Full Review » 8 years ago
  • Kathy Cano Murillo Arizona Republic (Top Critic)
    80
    Even without all the bells and whistles, it still boils down to one love story worth seeing.
    Full Review » 8 years ago
  • Andrew Sarris New York Observer (Top Critic)
    Mr. Aronofsky's outlook on life remains too constantly pessimistic for my taste, and too completely joyless as well.
    Full Review » 8 years ago
  • Rex Reed New York Observer (Top Critic)
    [The Fountain] doesn't make one lick of sense, and it doesn't seem to be about much of anything at all.
    Full Review » 8 years ago
  • Leslie Felperin Variety (Top Critic)
    Pic's hippy trippy space odyssey-meets-contempo-weepy-meets-conquistador caper starring Hugh Jackman and Rachel Weisz suffers from a turgid script and bears all the signs of edit-suite triage to produce a still-incoherent 95 minutes.
    Full Review » 8 years ago
  • Kyle Smith New York Post (Top Critic)
    63
    For every flaw, though, the movie has a strength.
    Full Review » 8 years ago
  • Roger Moore Orlando Sentinel (Top Critic)
    60
    The Fountain is [Aronofsky's] most accessible movie, romantic and almost straightforward until its finale.
    Full Review » 8 years ago
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