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The Acid House (1998)

TOMATOMETER

Average Rating: 5.6/10
Reviews Counted: 20
Fresh: 9
Rotten: 11

Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.

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Average Rating: N/A
Reviews Counted: 3
Fresh: 1
Rotten: 2

AUDIENCE SCORE

Average Rating: 3.4/5
User Ratings: 7,895

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THE ACID HOUSE is a surreal triptych adapted by "Trainspotting" author Irvine Welsh from his acclaimed collection of short stories. Combining a vicious sense of humor with hard-talking drama, the film reaches into the hearts and minds of the chemical generation, casting a dark and unholy light into the hidden corners of the human psyche.

Rating:
Unrated (adult situations/language, nudity)
Genre:
Drama , Art House & International , Comedy
Directed By:
In Theaters:
On DVD:
Aug 28, 2001
Runtime:
Zeitgeist Films


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Critic Reviews for The Acid House

All Critics (37) | Top Critics (9) | Fresh (9) | Rotten (11) | DVD (6)

What the three stories do share are solid ideas all dressed up with nowhere to go.

Full Review… | March 1, 2007
Film Journal International

Cheap and unpleasant, yet compelling

June 29, 2004
New Times

If I could give this movie a negative rating, I would.

Full Review… | November 9, 2002
Reel Film Reviews

...assaults our jaded senses...

Full Review… | August 23, 2002
Combustible Celluloid

It's a one-joke film that fails to be amusing almost from the start, and shamefully wastes a talented ensemble cast in such a trite and depressing enterprise.

Full Review… | December 27, 2001
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Audience Reviews for The Acid House

½

Great film/s! The Granton Star Cause & The Acid House being the best!
A great adaption from Paul McGuigan!

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SirPant
Anthony Lawrie

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½

A weak adaptation of Welsh's short stories. A few interesting parts, but you're better off reading the book or seeing Trainspotting.

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mjgildea
Michael Gildea

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½

The Acid House is a vulgar and perverted literary adaption, of three short stories, in the Scottish slums. It is loaded with profanity, and makes the viewer feel like trash, just by watching. Coming into the viewing I heard nothing of it, but judging it's negative critical reception, and lack of publicity, it's one of the most underrated films I ever encountered. It was hysterical black humor, and probably the best film I've seen from the nineties.

The first story follows Boab, a lazy lump of dirt, who looses everything in a matter of a few hours. After a bar man philosophical meeting with God, he is turned into a fly. The meeting was surprisingly deep, and asks the true question of "why don't we use our powers". As a fly he gets revenge, and sees with the audience a scene of incredible disturbance.

Then there's the most emotionally dwelling story "The Soft Touch". A truly caring but naive man, marries and impregnates a whore. Obviously enough she openly cheats on him, and everything goes down, for the man with no escape. The setting was tense, and while the ending was anti-climatic, it was the most well made of the shorts.

Finally there's the story that the film invests the most effort into, The Acid House. This was absolutely, the best midnight humor I've ever came across. Dirty, crazy, and makes Trainspotting, look like it copped out. A dope head switches bodies with a newly born baby, and while switch of bodies has become a comedy cliche, this one actually made it work. I laughed eccentrically and it really completed the film, if there's any reason to finish it, here you go.

In conclusion I can't explain my love for this film enough. The score and white trash setting put a mood. The small things like the graffiti and the bigger aspects such as the characters all had there contribution. I laughed and could still take the next scene with seriousness. The Acid House is not acclaimed nearly enough. I highly recommended to anyone who's willing to vitiate there brain, for two hours. I hoe all will love it as much as myself, though that's unlikely

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Daniel Dolgin
Daniel Dolgin

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Funny, but only the third story is good.

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Alex Figueroba

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