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Ecstasy (2012)


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From the mind of Irvine Welsh (TRAINSPOTTING) comes a pulse-pounding thriller set against the backdrop of Scotland's drug-fueled dance scene as one man tries to cut ties and kick old habits for the woman he loves.

May 21, 2013

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Ecstasy is to ecstasy what Trainspotting was to heroin. Different times, different drugs, but the Scotland-set story of addiction and redemption is pretty much the same.

November 22, 2012 Full Review Source: Toronto Star
Toronto Star
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Not so much chemical romance as serious downer, it all seems so old.

April 20, 2012 Full Review Source: Time Out
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A drug-fueled landscape impacted by the Thatcher years, characterized by Scottish working class misery and massive unemployment feeding the underground drug economy. And reflecting Welsh's own conflicting personas as cult figure, pariah and antichrist.

January 4, 2013 Full Review Source: WBAI Radio
WBAI Radio

Ecstasy attempts to conjure the same sense of insanity, musical muscle, and impish wit, only to stumble repeatedly as it struggles to put on a dazzling sound and light show.

December 28, 2012 Full Review Source:

Its fondness for the writer and the drug film genre may be evident; however neither can turn Irvine Welsh's Ecstasy into anything more than an inferior homage.

April 26, 2012 Full Review Source: Trespass

In the end, ECSTASY wants to have it both ways -- drugs are celebrated at the beginning of the film, and condemned -- or at least the crime connected with them is - by the end.

April 26, 2012 Full Review Source: At the Movies (Australia)
At the Movies (Australia)

One gets the feeling this director doesn't think his target audience is all that smart.

April 26, 2012 Full Review Source: Sydney Morning Herald
Sydney Morning Herald

A crass and shallow exploration of a potentially interesting topic, which makes for one downer of a cinematic trip.

April 26, 2012 Full Review Source: FILMINK (Australia)
FILMINK (Australia)

Only those still clubbing on ecstasy are likely to enjoy this but then they love everything.

April 25, 2012 Full Review Source: Daily Express
Daily Express

Ecstasy proved itself to be resoundingly more soporific than serotonin enhancing.

April 25, 2012 Full Review Source: The Vine
The Vine

Ultimately disappointing, thanks to some dodgy performances, irritating characters and a hackneyed, seen-it-all-before script that has nothing new to say.

April 21, 2012 Full Review Source: ViewLondon

Getting a fix on reality is the challenge in this exploration of truth, lies & ecstasy set in Edinburgh drug & club scene.. captures the claustrophobic essence of the scene it depicts in a world without light

April 20, 2012 Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile
Urban Cinefile

The film is supposed to be a transformational romance going from the love of ecstasy to the ecstasy of love but the two leads can't manage it any more than the director.

April 20, 2012 Full Review Source: This is London | Comment (1)
This is London

You can hear the people talk above the loud music. It would be so much better if you couldn't.

April 19, 2012 Full Review Source: Sun Online
Sun Online

There's referencing and then there's photocopying, and Ecstasy screams "toner low".

April 19, 2012 Full Review Source: Daily Telegraph
Daily Telegraph

The movie's low-level chat about uppers (boy, you wouldn't give this movie a nickel for its small talk) does little to peddle Welsh's undoubted brilliance.

April 19, 2012 Full Review Source: Financial Times
Financial Times

Whatever the title says, this is most definitely not Irvine Welsh's Ecstasy, but an agonisingly watered-down imitation, a long, languid come-down after the frenetic buzz of Trainspotting.

April 19, 2012 Full Review Source: The List
The List

The low budget is not enough to excuse the ineptitude on show. Avoid.

April 19, 2012 Full Review Source: Little White Lies
Little White Lies

Billy Boyd's distinctly un-Pippin turn as a psycho drug dealer aside, there's little of interest in this misjudged, miswritten mess.

April 18, 2012 Full Review Source: Total Film
Total Film

Clearly has affection for the source material and the cinematic subgenre it reflects, which is probably why it's so terrible.

February 23, 2012 Full Review Source: The Skinny
The Skinny

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