Ecstasy Reviews

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Eddie Harrison
The List
April 19, 2012
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Ashley Clark
Little White Lies
April 19, 2012
The low budget is not enough to excuse the ineptitude on show. Avoid.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Scott Murray
Sydney Morning Herald
April 26, 2012
One gets the feeling this director doesn't think his target audience is all that smart.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Sarah Ward
Trespass
April 26, 2012
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.
Brigit Grant
Daily Express
April 25, 2012
Only those still clubbing on ecstasy are likely to enjoy this but then they love everything.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Chris Fyvie
The Skinny
February 23, 2012
Clearly has affection for the source material and the cinematic subgenre it reflects, which is probably why it's so terrible.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Emma Dibdin
Total Film
April 18, 2012
Billy Boyd's distinctly un-Pippin turn as a psycho drug dealer aside, there's little of interest in this misjudged, miswritten mess.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Alex Zane
Sun Online
April 19, 2012
You can hear the people talk above the loud music. It would be so much better if you couldn't.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Cara Nash
FILMINK (Australia)
April 26, 2012
A crass and shallow exploration of a potentially interesting topic, which makes for one downer of a cinematic trip.
Alice Tynan
The Vine
April 25, 2012
Ecstasy proved itself to be resoundingly more soporific than serotonin enhancing.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Robbie Collin
Daily Telegraph
April 19, 2012
There's referencing and then there's photocopying, and Ecstasy screams "toner low".
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
David Stratton
At the Movies (Australia)
April 26, 2012
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Brian Orndorf
Blu-ray.com
December 28, 2012
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.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Trevor Johnston
Time Out
April 20, 2012
Not so much chemical romance as serious downer, it all seems so old.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Antonia Quirke
Financial Times
April 19, 2012
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Matthew Turner
ViewLondon
April 21, 2012
Ultimately disappointing, thanks to some dodgy performances, irritating characters and a hackneyed, seen-it-all-before script that has nothing new to say.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Derek Malcolm
This is London
April 20, 2012
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Louise Keller
Urban Cinefile
April 20, 2012
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
Prairie Miller
WBAI Radio
January 4, 2013
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.
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Rob Salem
Toronto Star
November 22, 2012
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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