Donnie Darko is one of those films that people either love or hate. I find the film to be brilliant, and to be one of the greatest independent accomplishments in the last decade. The film is entirely original from start to finish, drawing more inspiration from philosophy and scientific theory than modern film. Each of the performers bring something sharp, quirky, and uniquely funny to their characters. Gyllenhaal in particular plays what I will always consider his defining role, mixing dark humor and wit with a boyish sense of wonderment and confusion. The plot is deeply immersed in its own bizarre mythology without ever fully explaining any of the symbolism or imagery to the audience, which acts as an amazing strength to the film that begs revisiting. That is, unless you watch the Director's Cut, which assumes the audience is full of surface level dullards and dumbs down the film beyond recognition.
Producer's Cut: 10/10.
Director's Cut: 8/10.