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The Fountain

2006
Romance
Drama
1h 37m
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Avg Percentile 56.3% from 7675 total ratings

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Rated 14 Aug 2008
100
99th
This film moved me in a way that very few ever have. I can understand some of the criticism, but for me everything clicked. Its visual beauty is staggering. Hugh Jackman has never delivered a more powerful performance and the script is as heartbreaking as it is uplifting. Not to mention the soundtrack! Take a step back and see it for the fantasy it is: a love story told in separate multiverses from the reality the characters live in. A simple tale of devotion and loss told in marvelous fashion.
Rated 01 Nov 2009
100
99th
The true genius of the film is the simplistic theme of love and death. It allows for a creative narrative structure and beautiful visual moments while still being relatable. The only flaw is that the huge budget cuts make the Mayan fight scene seem very small and low budget. It does however not change the fact that this is my favorite movie, my favorite acting performance and by far my favorite score. The final scene that resolves the three storylines is the most magical moment in cinema history
Rated 20 Oct 2012
100
99th
Before Mickey Rourke (rewarded with Best Actor) and before Natalie Portman (rewarded with Best Actress) there was Hugh Jackman carrying an Aronofsky movie the exact same way. His reward: another role as Wolverine. When you can list The Fountain and The Prestige in a single year, you can take a few of the next ones off.
Rated 22 Dec 2008
72
59th
Technically proficient and powerfully acted film that failed to engage me emotionally. Jackman and Weisz time-skipping roles hold at the centre of a story that builds to a whirling fugue of love, death and rebirth. Provides a film that I watched and admired visually, rather than embraced as an experience.
Rated 13 Feb 2007
71
29th
A movie that is beautiful and artistic, but ultimately tries too hard with repetitive symbolism and metaphor. This might work in a film that has something more original to say, but ultimatly this falls short.
Rated 26 Feb 2007
100
99th
A beautiful and melancholic look at life and death. It is an amazing and heartwrenching tale and perhaps the best new film I've seen this year. Hugh Jackman runs through the emotional wringer, doing a great job in his three roles. Also, Clint Mansell's score is incredible. I'll stop with the superlatives and just say see it.
Rated 28 Dec 2009
85
94th
Emotional and beautifully told, dealing with loss and the coming to terms with one's mortality. Allowing for repeated motifs, 'The Fountain' elegantly interweaves two (arguably) fictional stories into the main one of the movie's reality. Smartly, this enables complex interpretations through the knowledge of their authors' respective perspective and intent. Jackman's flawless performance is one for the ages. I also agree with Ross and several other reviewers that Clint Mansell's score is sublime.
Rated 21 Feb 2007
85
92nd
An incredibly ambitious movie that, aside from a few missteps, works quite well. The chemical effects are mesmerizing, the story is ambiguous and intriguing, yet the whole thing is grounded by essentially personal elements - the loves, fears, and hopes of main characters Jackman and Weisz, who are fantastic.
Rated 04 Apr 2007
88
94th
I am admittedly somewhat unsure of whether I completely understand this movie. I am however, quite sure that it is both beautiful and epic.It's not a movie to nitpick over, it's a movie to absorb and enjoy, and if you can do this, it can be deep and emotionally resonant.Even if it doesn't work literally, it works thematically. It's also shot beautifully, with gorgeous scenes cast in an almost everpresent glow of gold.It's wonderful how the stories echo each other in theme and in parallel shots.
Rated 08 Sep 2008
80
74th
Just symbols and feelings, no place and time for a plot. Maybe you just need a certain mood to understand all its metaphores...
Rated 05 Nov 2008
70
16th
Sure, the movie looks pretty, but also feels as if it believes itself to contain equally profound meaning, which is just not there.
Rated 27 Nov 2009
8
79th
You are either on one side of the fence or the other with this movie. Judging by my score you would already figure I am on the positive side. Visuals are next to perfect here and Jackman provides a great lead performance. This movie for whatever reason just got to me, I can't even explain the feeling despite that it was unique.
Rated 13 Oct 2008
100
96th
Probably one of the most beautiful films I've seen. It had me glued to the screen from start to finish. Also, I think the story is actually very simple, despite Aronofsky's unusual way of telling it. Highly recommended.
Rated 04 May 2014
5
70th
somehow this managed to be enormously emotional despite (or because of?) smashing some sort of record for colour intensity per square inch. not that i particularly agree with the director's apparent intentions here: apparently, death is 'what makes us special'. well, that's a pretty fucking shit way to be special. anyway, the visuals are obviously astounding, with one of the most ridiculous crescendos i've ever seen. i like crescendos.
Rated 28 May 2009
95
93rd
The Fountain is the fairest story-puzzle I ever set together, so poetic, so graceful. Can't remember any other Movie in which I liked Jackman more. The Sound bring's you in the right mood, just one word: "Beautiful"
Rated 31 Mar 2008
90
97th
This movie just emotionally breaks me every time. Every. Damn. Time. To be fair, I am secretly married to a tree.
Rated 22 Jun 2009
60
32nd
Not as smart and original as it thinks it is. The visuals are beautiful, but without being backed by a focused story or characters we care about, they fail to evoke any real emotion.
Rated 07 Apr 2007
65
76th
I'm totally into what Aranofsky is visually going after; symmetrical framing, slow sweeps, visually collapsing three time periods, I'm amazed by it. Though even this level of cinema making is not enough to trick me into buying the pumped up story. If you couldn't see through the blur how basic the story is just read the comic.
Rated 13 Apr 2007
1
12th
All style and no substance. Incredibly stupid and I almost feel bad for Aronofsky because he obviously wants you to know how much of an intellectual he is. Anyone who "gets" this movie is just a douche bag.
Rated 11 Aug 2009
77
66th
Grabbed me for most of the first two acts; unfortunately the third act gets too melodramatic, but the ending is wonderful again. One of the most ambitious films I've seen recently, and should be commended on that aspect: more films should have even half the ambition this one has. Stylistically, it's interesting to see Aronofsky lifting himself from the confining MTV-style editing of his previous films, and moving towards a more pleasant style that would be perfected in The Wrestler.
Rated 03 Oct 2007
70
51st
The visionary direction of this movie is way, way ahead of its visual complexity. There are some beautiful passages and truly pure cinematic moments in this flawed but ambitious film.
Rated 14 Mar 2008
91
94th
The Fountain is a gorgeous movie. Nearly every shot could be screen grabbed, framed and hung on a wall with pride. I appreciate the amount of meticulous consideration that went into the script and the structure - there are many instances of parallelism that give the movie a tightly knit feel. Jackman and Weisz give touching performances, and the music adds another layer of emotional depth to an already emotional experience. I could stare at this movie for hours and hours.
Rated 27 Nov 2006
94
97th
I can't even begin to go somewhere with this movie. Darren Aronofsky is the visionary genius of the time, and when this ended, my mouth was open in straight astonishment. I'd been hyping this up in my mind (I love Aronofsky) for months, and this still exceeded expectations. To the critics giving it bad reviews because of the "messy plot" and "failed artsiness," you guys clearly have no idea what the point of an Aronofsky film is.
Rated 03 Feb 2011
85
92nd
A stylistic, poetic and moving deconstruction of death, the quest for immortality and ultimately the need for acceptance of mortality. Aronofsky's first truly good movie.
Rated 08 Jan 2007
60
41st
The movie is visually fantastic. It reaches for the stars, literally, but comes up short. While I can appreciate the effort and the intention, it simply didn't hold my attention. When I left the movie, I thought about it, came up with an explanation that seemed to fit well enough, at which point I forgot about the movie. No dobut this movie will reach cult status with many people, most of whom will claim, "if you didn't like it, you didn't get it." OK, I'm fine with that.
Rated 14 Jun 2020
88
89th
Just as "Tree of Life", there is something prophetic about this movie; it just talks to you at a different sphere. I was disappointed by the comic, but Aronofsky has the cinematic genius to more than makeup for it. I'm afraid all his troubles with this one ruined him though, he played much safer afterward. So maybe this beautiful piece of cinema is also the cause of the demise of my favorite director. There are not that many films with multiple scenes that give me shudders, it is really out ther
Rated 15 Feb 2007
45
30th
hey aronofsky, you're not important, fuck you. i dock you five points because i was thinking about you and what a pompous fuckstick you are.
Rated 16 Feb 2007
97
98th
The final moments of this film are some of the most powerful I've ever seen. Despite it's flaws, which are many, this is a beautiful movie.
Rated 08 Apr 2007
76
94th
Why just 76? Because the main theme in movie is hard to make to be a perfect and this is not perfect but is so close...
Rated 13 Apr 2007
84
82nd
I don't think that Aronofsky has a marvelous mind and this movie has a methaphorical and genious script. But screen gives you a lot. Colors, shapes, musics, strong feelings. You can feel a great compassion and forget the fake and shallow spiritual references.
Rated 04 Nov 2008
91
99th
Fantastic film. The only thing that exceeds its beautiful images is its wonderful soundtrack. Clint does it again!
Rated 15 May 2007
40
5th
A good majority of the movie is left for the viewer to either figure out or interpret to their own fancy, while some may like that, I hated it. Yes, the movie is visually stunning and will definitely stand the test of time, but if I had turned off the movie at the 1 hour mark (2/3 through) I would have known just as much about the story and the characters as if I had watched the entire movie.
Rated 10 Jun 2007
81
69th
A major improvement after the godawful RFAD. Some have compared this to 2001, but The Fountain is much more open and ambiguous. I can think of several ways to read it, and none of them feel wrong to me. I like this open-endedness, and I liked the thoughtful themes about death and acceptance. The visual style was nice too, although a bit overbearing at times with all the haze and glow. The acting was kind of a mixed bag, I thought some of it was a little overdone.
Rated 17 Jan 2009
94
99th
After watching the trailer for this movie a year before it was released was torture. This movie expresses so many things that keep me up at night.
Rated 08 Sep 2010
76
87th
Parable about a man whose all-too-human flight from mortality leads him to understand only too late that he is being invited to participate in the death of his beloved. Despite production problems, despite the rudimentary dialogue, despite the disconcerting sincerity of the sentiment, in short, despite being open to the accusation of kitsch, this visual and aural spectacle largely succeeds in its aims. This viewer's understanding: the past is Izzi's book and the future is Tom's completion of it.
Rated 11 Feb 2009
74
30th
I find that I may be in the minority who were emotionally affected by it. Then again that could just be me being a sap. The Fountain is a tough film to rate. The plot is difficult and complex, but it's gorgeous to look at and consistently entertaining. But I'd be lying if I said I didn't need to run to a message board to figure out that ending, and in the end I prefer plots that make me think, not make me sort out every single puzzle piece. Jackman's wonderful, though. Just wonderful.
Rated 20 Aug 2007
85
75th
A beautiful film, however the story, while intricately and complexly told was a bit simple.
Rated 20 Aug 2007
65
68th
This film tried to be airy and sentimental and ultimately it failed.
Rated 15 Sep 2007
100
98th
Absolutely Beautiful movie about a death and love. Hugh Jackman and Rachel Weisz really overcame my expectations of them and Clint Mansell's music again plays an important part in the movie.
Rated 13 Apr 2014
70
89th
I understand some of the criticism, but sometimes you just need to get your head out of a film and put your heart in to it. When you do that, this film is wonderful. It is touching and emotional. I'm not a huge fan of Hugh Jackman, but he put himself out there in this film and I can see that. Rachel Weisz however seems to be perfect for this role. It has been on my list of films that I still needed to watch for a long time, but now I don't understand why I waited this long!
Rated 10 Feb 2010
80
84th
The focus of this film is about time and eternal love. The flaw is that Aronofsky was probably a bit too ambitious in his storytelling and at times the situations seem rather convoluted. The sci-fi elements and quasi-religious imagery also teeter dangerously on the brink of total absurdity. Hugh Jackman is strong in this role. Overall the film might have needed a bit more thought in the writing. Despite the flaws the imagery is simply beautiful though.
Rated 28 Feb 2011
89
97th
Imagine a Nicholas Sparks type of story, but without the hackiness. Throw in direction from Darren Aronofsky, and you've got The Fountain. The visuals are (for lack of a better term) breathtaking, and Hugh Jackman is just excellent. The film was a tad slow in the beginning, and I can definitely see where people could paint this with the pretensiouness brush, but I really enjoyed the simple story and didn't try to over analyze it. Gorgeous movie, inside and out.
Rated 18 Jul 2010
30
11th
I rate this so low because i felt it attempted to be overly artistic to the point where only a smarter than average person could even figure out what the hell is going on. I hate when films try to do this. It was a very very slow film as well. Alot of people rate this movie very high and yes the acting was ok (over dramatic imo) and some of the special effects were nice, the plot was all over the place and i hated the ending.
Rated 28 Sep 2008
93
94th
A beautiful film, both visually and emotionally. Jackman gives a terrific performance, and Clint Mansell's score is perfect. Amazingly, there's not a single computer effect in the entire film -- the effects were created with micro-photography on chemical reactions. As good as the film is, the graphic novel is better: with a bigger budget, this would be a masterpiece. It really stands up to repeat viewings, and the plot becomes crystal clear. If someone you love has recently died, this is a 100.
Rated 30 Jan 2008
50
31st
Remove the scenes with modern-day Weisz and Jackman, leave the score and fantastic (Albeit fluffy) imagery, and you've got yourself a watchable film.
Rated 16 Feb 2008
65
45th
Stunning cinematography and special effects but a relatively simply story, at it's core, is made infinitely harder to comprehend by being told out of any sort of order. Apparently I'm the minority in not finding this film amazing but I've never been a huge fan of Aronofsky in the first place. To each their own but I found this unnecessarily complex for no reason other than to make the movie seem more complex than it really was.
Rated 08 Jul 2009
80
78th
Flawed, but captivating highly original film. This will only appeal to patient cinephiles. Repeat viewings necessary.
Rated 07 May 2008
50
55th
Interesting film, yet slow and needlessly oblique. For a long period I thought it played like a cruel satire on the obsession with eternal life (and vellus hair), but then it takes a different, and definitely sincere turn, and does so quite effectively. Before that, though, long stretches are a study of myopic juvenilia in, haphazardly, historical fantasy, present time, and otherworldly settings. Many of these scenes, while beautiful, are very dark, and the combined effect is numbing.
Rated 25 Jan 2010
73
42nd
Sometimes it feels like Arofonsky tricked himself trying to create a masterpiece.
Rated 20 May 2008
40
28th
Some interesting concepts and beautiful images, but it doesn't work-out for me. If you're not hooked in the first 5 min, you better watch something else. The director missed his target and watching the special features on the DVD only confirms it.
Rated 11 Feb 2011
70
61st
gotta love the end credits! Clint Mansell and stars...beautiful!
Rated 09 Jun 2008
0
7th
Pi was good, Requiem wasn't bad, but this is 100 percent pure crap!
Rated 31 Jul 2009
86
92nd
Repeat viewings are essential to appreciate this movie to its fullest degree. Complex and emotional on many diffrent levels, it is for the most part a work of genius. However this film never quite shakes off its air of pretentiousness. It certainly does not spoil the film, bit it is there. That said the more I watch this movie the more I love it. I think it will continue to creep up my rankings.
Rated 08 Jan 2009
68
44th
This is a very visually striking film, unfortunately I generally felt that I just didn't really care an awful lot about what was going on on screen. Every now and then it started to look like it was going to become interesting, but then it would switch storylines and fizzle out. Again though, great visuals.
Rated 28 Apr 2009
90
63rd
Just a bit too precious and sepia-toned for its own good, but still an affecting picture.
Rated 07 Dec 2006
20
5th
A hideous misattempt to combine norse, mayan, christian, and buddhist myths into a plotless expanse of eye-candy. If it weren't for the music, I'd want my money back.
Rated 27 Feb 2010
30
6th
An awful script and some of the worst performances I've had the displeasure to witness in my life reduce this otherwise beautiful and otherworldly film into a grating exercise of visual masturbation. It's so hard to enjoy the fantastic effects while the film's depth is coerced into the open in the most poor, ham-fisted manner possible. A sad waste of Aronofsky's talent, watch Pi and Requiem for a Dream instead, both are better time investments.
Rated 20 Jan 2007
60
21st
Terrible use of syboolism in film.
Rated 07 Apr 2009
92
91st
Utilizando cambios en los tiempos, esta cinta te deja algo es tan fantatica uy tan real a la vez que pasa lo mismo que a el le pasa con el libro y sientes que estas dentro de ella
Rated 09 Feb 2009
77
64th
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Rated 07 Feb 2007
85
82nd
A bit dense, but worth the effort. Beautiful film with a rather meaningful if not overdone message. Still, presentation was fantastic, and jesus, who knew Hugh Jackman could do so well!
Rated 15 Dec 2008
45
5th
I wanted this to be better. It was stupid. What a shame.
Rated 15 Feb 2007
91
96th
Clint Mansell & Darren Aronofsky
Rated 07 Feb 2009
84
68th
The Fountain, although not Aronofsky's best, is emotionally moving in every possible way. Impressive, uplifting, moving and visually complex, its a metaphoric yet simple odyssey of a film.
Rated 15 Apr 2007
65
33rd
It wasn't a bad movie as much as it was disappointing. This started off rather slow and finally started picking up towards the 3/4 mark, only, at that time, you thought this was just going to be an epic and get really good. Then it ends. And you're like, "what the hell."
Rated 24 Feb 2010
76
48th
The Fountain is visually stunning, but it lacks the emotional power that's behind Aronofsky's other movies.
Rated 13 May 2007
74
66th
I'm not sure if I completely understand the movie, but from what I saw, it was just a love story. The rings are only symbols, as is the tree of life. Very emotionally draining, but beautifully portrayed.
Rated 27 May 2007
95
98th
My new favorite film. Excellent cinematography, amazing special effects, epic and inspiring score, haunting and awe inspiring acting and most of all, the most intriguing, engaging, deeply meaningful millennium-spanning epic since 2001: Space Odyssey. As much a summit of film achievement as an incomparable viewer experience. (Note: It can be confusing at first. Watch a second time before you make up your mind - it could very possibly make the difference between "a pretentious, unfocused, and fu
Rated 05 Jun 2007
80
65th
I thought I had you all beat and actually understood the movie, but then the ending came. Yes, there will be parts that aren't understood, but the film is still worth watching for the beauty of the message.
Rated 10 Jan 2011
4
70th
The Fountain's ambition and sincerity, so off-putting to many, are the reasons to value it in the first place. Easy not to miss your mark when you're not aiming so very high; much more challenging to largely succeed, despite a few missteps, when you're attempting nothing less than to capture the enduring love a man has for a woman over the course of multiple millennia.
Rated 28 Feb 2010
92
74th
I'm a sucker for soundtracks and this movie has one of the best. It could have been so much better. Don't rush your movies Aronofsky!
Rated 05 Jul 2007
85
84th
A simply beautiful film.
Rated 09 Jul 2007
95
98th
Perfect fusion of symbolism and romanticism, stunning visuals and a hypnotically melancholy score by Clint Mansell. Highly recommended.
Rated 13 Jul 2007
17
3rd
With the self indulgent aire of a French art film, wrapped in new age spirituality and anti-Catholic dogma, this is sepia toned, indecipherable exercise in confusion. The poor sound quality and convoluted script only help to point out the sub-par acting (with the notable exception of Ellen Burstyn brief apperances). Furthermore, Aronofsky's tale of mortality feels the need to insult the audience by constantly repeating points again and again to emphasize their importance to the script. This
Rated 21 Aug 2007
91
96th
Very good sci-fi romance about a research scientist trying to save his terminally ill wife and his unfathomably sad journey through ages, intermingled with the tale of a spanisg conquistador tasked with finding the tree of life for the spanish Queen.
Rated 17 Jan 2009
15
28th
aargh , my eyes. This movie hurts. The stupid script hurts.
Rated 06 Dec 2011
75
67th
romantik, fantastik, hasta kadin, hayat agaci, maya, ispanya (hasta bir kadin ve onun doktor kocasiyla ilgili film. koca karisini iyilesitmek icin bir ilac yapmaya calisir. bu arada kadin bir roman yaziyordur. Romanla öykü icice gecer. Tam bir görsel sölen. Biraz karisik.)
Rated 21 Oct 2008
91
98th
Magical tri-story with a eye-pleasant camera work, effects and acting.
Rated 16 Sep 2007
70
63rd
The short length removes some potential power, but this is still a pretty interesting and involving film.
Rated 20 Sep 2007
74
68th
A beautiful movie all in all. Great close-ups,interresting editing and intrigueing symbolism. The story was simple, but capturing. Rachel Weisz does a touching performance as Izzy Creo. The ending had a bit too much computer animation to my taste and I couldn't help but laugh to the Buddah-Jesus-Frodo Baggins transformations :D Still, one to watch. The bathtub kissing scene is a heartbreaker !
Rated 15 Jan 2009
93
96th
This is a brilliant movie, beautiful in every way, touching, and thought provoking. It truly gets an undeserved bad rap.
Rated 21 Dec 2009
82
68th
Cool, but also kind of slow, and the payoff is disappointing.
Rated 20 Jul 2009
95
92nd
Probably the most beautiful and visually most stunning movie of the last decade. I just love this movie.
Rated 27 Jul 2009
80
72nd
Very slow but beautiful movie.
Rated 19 Aug 2009
95
91st
So sad, actually gets you to feel emotion watching it, which is pretty rare these days in film.
Rated 20 Aug 2009
90
81st
This is one of my favorite films of all time. "The Fountain" is a very misunderstood film, and people do not like it because they do not understand it. This is one film I turn back once a year to re-watch, because every time I re-watch this film I find something new. Very complex and beautiful film.
Rated 31 Dec 2007
88
84th
Although the movie comes close to missing it's mark as a whole, I can appreciate what they were shooting for.
Rated 31 Dec 2007
79
67th
It's a very pretty movie. While I got what was happening, I just didn't care too much about it. Maybe I'm just not "deep" enough to get it. I really enjoyed the characters when they were in the "now", but just got fussy with everything else.
Rated 05 Jan 2008
100
99th
The visually most stimulating movie I have ever seen. With a story to match, this movie is a piece of art.
Rated 21 Jul 2011
99
98th
Hauntingly beautiful !
Rated 02 Mar 2008
85
67th
loved it. kinda confusing the first time around.
Rated 16 Mar 2008
30
4th
Visually stunning, love the overlapping imagery in the various time periods. However, it's weak on portraying the central relationship in a meaningful way--a series of "big emotional scenes" rather than the feeling of a real connection between them. I also felt this film was far too privatized. It left me feeling disconnected from the main character's journey in a way that I shouldn't have been.
Rated 26 May 2008
98
97th
The movie moved me to my core. Three seperate stories woven into one, and if the spiritual messages aren't for you, watch it purely for the visual imagery. The symbolism, colours..it felt like watching moving rennaissance paintings from the masters.
Rated 15 Oct 2009
89
83rd
Intellectual goodness. If you can wrap your head around the narrative structure of the movie, you'll find Arnofsky exploring life, death, and everything between--not in the most eloquent tone, but definitely heartfelt.
Rated 07 Jun 2008
40
11th
Self-love.
Rated 16 Apr 2010
95
99th
Have a soft spot for this movie
Rated 07 Feb 2011
70
71st
Great film! But I would have loved to see the one with the original twice-as-big a budget and Blanchett/Pitt as the Weisz/Jackman characters! Never the less, the 3 stories interact greatly together, Jackman does a really good job and I like the fact that it is more about the search for immortality in three different periods than it is a happy-ending-film!
Rated 02 Aug 2008
84
85th
Quite a good work, but Aronofsky is ultimately too heavy handed. Instead of leaving some ambiguity, he attempts to assure that even the slowest viewer will get to the same conclusion. He just hammers you over and over with the same meaning.
Rated 15 Feb 2009
77
94th
One of the films that made my day.
Rated 15 Jul 2011
85
88th
This could have been an incredible film, but at such a young age Aronofsky just didn't have it in him. On the bright side the ending is a complete knockout, Mansell's score steals the film, and repeated viewings make it better each time. On the down side, the film is overly ambitious and doesn't come close in terms of how intelligent DA wanted it to be. In the end this should have been an idea he developed throughout his career so he would be able to have a better budget, actors, and script.

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