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Filth (2014)



Average Rating: 6.3/10
Reviews Counted: 76
Fresh: 48 | Rotten: 28

Warped, grimy, and enthusiastically unpleasant, Filth lives up to its title splendidly.


Average Rating: 5.6/10
Critic Reviews: 16
Fresh: 9 | Rotten: 7

Warped, grimy, and enthusiastically unpleasant, Filth lives up to its title splendidly.



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Scheming Bruce Robertson, a bigoted and corrupt policeman, is in line for a promotion and will stop at nothing to get what he wants. Enlisted to solve a brutal murder and threatened by the aspirations of his colleagues, including Ray Lennox, Bruce sets about ensuring their ruin, right under the nose of unwitting Chief Inspector Toal. As he turns his colleagues against one another by stealing their wives and exposing their secrets, Bruce starts to lose himself in a web of deceit that he can no


Drama, Art House & International, Comedy

Aug 12, 2014


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All Critics (76) | Top Critics (16) | Fresh (48) | Rotten (28)

"Filth" lives up to its title and then some, but a no-holds performance by James McAvoy is reason enough to watch.

June 5, 2014 Full Review Source: Arizona Republic
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Credit the filmmakers with descending persuasively into the swampy squalor of a diseased mind. If you're in the mood to go there with them, Filth offers an indecently bracing wallow.

May 30, 2014 Full Review Source: NPR
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I'm not sure I can recommend the movie, but this actor and this performance are something to behold.

May 30, 2014 Full Review Source: New York Magazine/Vulture
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Viewers hungry for a catch-all dose of Welshian sardonicism would be better served checking out Trainspotting. Better soundtrack, for one.

May 30, 2014 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail
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Unlike Jude Law's similarly offensive title character in Dom Hemingway, McAvoy is given a far better story to work from.

May 29, 2014 Full Review Source: Toronto Star
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After a certain point, watching it is like listening to the ravings of an increasingly incoherent and abusive drunk.

May 29, 2014 Full Review Source: New York Times
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It's called "Filth." Who says there's no truth in advertising?

June 20, 2014 Full Review Source: Oregonian

Here is a relentlessly shallow and nihilistic movie, a 97-minute exercise in cynicism with nothing of substance standing in a manic foreground.

June 16, 2014 Full Review Source:

The film gets so worked up trying to shock you, to put James McAvoy and his accomplished co-stars through the nasty paces, that it lands with a thud.

June 6, 2014 Full Review Source: amNewYork

To its detriment, Filth too often pulls its punches, and if you're striving for pitch black, that is most definitely a cardinal sin.

June 5, 2014 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
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Based on a novel by Irvine Welsh, Jon S. Baird's Filth is delightfully anarchic, forthright in its crassness, and, despite a general lack of thrust, exhilarating to watch.

June 4, 2014 Full Review Source: Nerdist

The hodgepodge of genre elements, loose narrative threads and ungainly tonal shifts keep the audience at a distance, a point from which everything appears increasingly bizarre and meaningless.

June 1, 2014 Full Review Source: Movie Mezzanine
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ultimately a forgettable film

May 30, 2014 Full Review Source: 7M Pictures
7M Pictures

McAvoy... gives it his all, fearless, energetic, and lunatic.

May 30, 2014 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

There's nothing much here for those outside the PG Disney Princess-aimed target market to sink their horns into.

May 30, 2014 Full Review Source:

"Filth" demonstrates that contemporary filmmakers would do well to fine new ways of getting their hands dirty.

May 30, 2014 Full Review Source:

The diseased storyline and twisted propulsion of Filth make it one of the most exciting movies in years, even as the plot eventually sinks into explanations that feel more contrived than necessary.

May 30, 2014 Full Review Source: CraveOnline

If this film feels dated, its because director Jon S. Baird adheres to Danny Boyle's style, with all the visual flourishes and accelerated editing that seem mandatory when translating Welsh's prose.

May 29, 2014 Full Review Source: NOW Toronto
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Audience Reviews for Filth

Irvine Welsh adaptation Trainspotting came out at a time when cinema, particularly from the UK, was stagnant and in need of a shake up. The novel was popular enough for an adaption, throw in a catchy soundtrack and heavy promotion and it was a resounding success. It's still good in retrospect but not quite the classic it's been labeled in my opinion. I believe Filth is a better film. So was Filth unfilmable? Well, yes it is, but they came very close. The big disappointment is the lack of talking tapeworm, although this is replaced by large-headed (thus big brained) psychotherapist played by Jim Broadbent. It works, it's just not as good as a talking tapeworm. Everything else was a close adaptation of Welsh's book and intelligent crudeness. The cast is brilliant, James McAvoy takes on the lead role and grabs it by the balls, I can't say he was the first person I thought would make a good Detective Sergeant Bruce Robertson but now I wonder if anyone else could have played it as well. The direction is appropriately punchy, not unlike the style used in other Welsh adaptations but a little more mature and less reliant on that one iconic scene. It's a celebration of the gritty and of debouched reality, it's a sly and sharp comedy as well as a uncompromising emotional drama. If that isn't enough to wet your appetite, it's got a David Soul sing-along cameo! What's not to love about that?
June 5, 2014

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three stars
February 13, 2014
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January 20, 2014
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James McAvoy's outstanding performance is what lifts this always intriguing dark comedy above its flaws - especially the discrepancy in tone that starts to become more and more evident as the character sinks further down in a too serious state of psychosis.
October 30, 2013

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