Andy Summers’s review published on Letterboxd:
When it's your birthday you get your favorite supper, your favorite tipple, birthday sex and the pick of what to watch on the television. For me it was a lovely birthday and of course the movie of choice was my all time favorite "Donnie Darko".
I saw this for the first time back in 2002 and couldn't get it out of my head for weeks. It had an unusual effect on me. I've seen thousands of films, but rarely has one lingered quite so much on my conscience. Without doubt a "cult film", this had so many different theories as to what it was really all about, it would make your head spin.In truth I became a little obsessed. I read hundreds of reviews, and I mean hundreds. I'd be lying if I said I understood every aspect of the story, I just enjoyed it immensely. I wasn't a teenager, or had emotional problems. So why did this film resonate so deeply within my psyche? Twelve years have passed since the movie came out and I still can't put my finger on why I love it so much. I know the script to both films off by heart and even though I know what's coming it has the same effect every time. I have the screenplay, Kelly's book, t-shirts,hats,a wonderful canvas on my movie room wall, and it still fascinates me. It's got a story that's so open to interpretation that it plays with your emotions depending on the mood you're in when you watch it. I've tried reviewing this on numerous occasions and simply rambled, just like now. I just know that something really special will have to come along to shift this as my favorite.
A film about time travel, schizophrenia, coming of age and ultimately sacrifice, this confused the life out of both my mother-in-law and my wife, who stared at me uncomfortably after sitting through this with me a few years back. Richard Kelly is a talented guy. He has an incredible imagination and even though this was a box office flop and his follow up movies have struggled to find an audience, I hope he delivers something as brilliant as this before his star fades into obscurity.