88

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
The seductive thing about Aronofsky's film is that it is halfway plausible in terms of modern physics and math.
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75

San Francisco Examiner

Pi will not be for everyone, but for those who are fed up with the mainstream idiocy that gets dumped into theaters each summer, this movie willbe like a great big palate-clearing taste of sorbet.
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75

The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

By Liam Lacey
Audacious and bursting with ideas, the paranoid little sci-fi independent film Pi marks an auspicious debut for New York writer Darren Aronofsky.
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75

San Francisco Chronicle

By Bob Graham
It proceeds, weirdly enough, from the truly annoying to the absolutely fascinating.
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75

ReelViews

By James Berardinelli
For anyone who wants a movie to feed their intelligence and imagination more than their eyes and ears, Pi is a solid choice.
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75

Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
The movie's freakazoid intensity gets to you, but there's something at once cramped and show-offy in Aronofsky's refusal to even slighty vary its atmosphere of shock-corridor burnout.
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75

Christian Science Monitor

By David Sterritt
This intellectual allegory would carry more punch if it didn't slip into melodrama so often, but it marks Aronofsky as an exceptionally promising new filmmaker.
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60

Empire

By Kim Newman
Shot in grainy, high contrast black-and-white with a lot of simple but effective optical and aural tricks to suggest the workings of his unusual mind, this is one of the most intimate movies in recent memory.
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60

Film Threat

Director Darren Aronofsky, creates an eerie "Eraserhead"-like world that keeps the film compelling even when it digresses into a silly cat-and-mouse psychodrama.
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60

TV Guide

By Maitland McDonagh
Its power lies both in Aronofsky's evocation of tightly wound paranoia and in his flawless dovetailing of personal obsession and cultural anxieties.
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72 out of 100
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