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The Fountain

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Canada, United States · 2006
Rated PG-13 · 1h 36m
Director Darren Aronofsky
Starring Hugh Jackman, Rachel Weisz, Ellen Burstyn, Mark Margolis
Genre Adventure, Drama, Romance, Science Fiction

Through time and space, one man embarks on a 1000-year odyssey to defeat humankind's most indomitable foe: death. A Spanish conquistador, a scientist, an astronaut—he searches the universe determined to protect the woman he loves from the forces that threaten her existence.

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Chicago Reader by

A pretentious, unfocused, and fussy mess, in which director Darren Aronofsky manages to make Hugh Jackman unattractive and unsympathetic… Even fans of Aronofsky's incoherent, flashy “Pi” and somewhat more coherent, flashy “Requiem for a Dream” will be scratching their heads.


The New York Times by A.O. Scott

The problem, though, is that its techniques run too far beyond its ideas, which are blurry and banal, rather than mysterious and resonant. The Fountain is something to see, but it is also much less, finally, than meets the eye.


Los Angeles Times by Carina Chocano

Bloated and logy, and art-directed within an inch of its life, the movie shovels heaps of phony portent and all-purpose mystical imagery onto a thin and maudlin plot.


New York Magazine (Vulture) by David Edelstein

The movie would be more bearable without the unyielding score by Clint Mansell, which somehow melds the worst of Minimalism, art rock, and New Age music. It's what you'd hear if your massage therapist wanted to induce a stroke.


Village Voice by J. Hoberman

Solemn, flashy, and flabbergasting, The Fountain--adapted by Darren Aronofsky from his own graphic novel--should really be called The Shpritz. The premise is lachrymose, the sets are clammy, and the metaphysics all wet.


ReelViews by James Berardinelli

The overall experience fails to satisfy on a basic level. This is one of those films it's easier to be impressed with than it is to like.


Chicago Tribune by Michael Wilmington

It's possible to admire or respect a movie without enjoying it too much, and that's partly the reaction I had to Darren Aronofsky's The Fountain. It's an incredibly ambitious film of sometimes thrilling visual achievement, but it didn't connect fully to my mind and nerves.


Rolling Stone by Peter Travers

In telling a tale of love across time, Aronofsky is sometimes guilty of creating arty, pretentious psychobabble. But in visual terms, he's trying to expose his own raw, romantic heart. Folly? Maybe. But a risk worth taking.

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