Trainspotting Reviews

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Chuck O'Leary
Fantastica Daily
January 23, 2006
Full of repugnant junkies so unpleasant that I was hoping they'd all OD just so I could escape this torture test.
| Original Score: 1/10
Susan Tavernetti
Palo Alto Weekly
May 20, 2003
The most controversial film of the summer is both disturbing and exhilarating in its evocative rendering of a smackhead's chaotic universe.
| Original Score: 2/4
Leah Rozen
People Magazine
June 26, 2013
All this doped-up ennui eventually proves wearing. Junkies, given to nodding out and living in squalor, don't make good company for too long.
Steve Rhodes
Internet Reviews
January 1, 2000
...in TRAINSPOTTING the filmmakers are so far over the line, that I could not like the picture no matter how hard I tried.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Stanley Kauffmann
The New Republic
January 1, 2000
A few patches are subtitled, but the general effect is of watching an opera without having read the libretto.
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Susan Stark
Detroit News
January 1, 2000
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
January 1, 2000
Its four main "anti-heroes" are such unsympathetic losers that it is difficult to care whether they live or die.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Gary Thompson
Philadelphia Daily News
June 26, 2013
Heroin, as it turns out, provides the characters in Trainspotting with something the filmmakers can't -- motivation. Without the drug, Boyle can't convincingly explain the actions of Renton and his friends.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Tom Trinchera
culturevulture.net
February 14, 2001
It has the power to shock, terrify and disgust audiences one moment and make them burst with laughter the next.
Kelly Kessler
Common Sense Media
January 2, 2011
Graphic look into heroin addiction. Not for kids.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
July 30, 2002
| Original Score: 3/5
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
The movie has been attacked as pro-drug and defended as anti-drug, but actually it is simply pragmatic. It knows that addiction leads to an unmanageable, exhausting, intensely uncomfortable daily routine, and it knows that only two things make it bearable
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
January 1, 2000
This isn't an examination of the Scottish drug culture from the outside looking in, it's one from the inside looking out.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Alan Jones
Radio Times
June 26, 2013
Unapologetic and hard-hitting, Irvine Welsh's controversial bestseller is brought to the screen as a dazzling assault on the senses.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
James Rocchi
Netflix
November 7, 2002
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Scott Weinberg
eFilmCritic.com
July 1, 2004
Danny Boyle's Trainspotting is a blast of ice-cold water across a sweaty brow; it's a lively, vibrant and pulsatingly addictive movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Mark R. Leeper
rec.arts.movies.reviews
January 1, 2000
Trainspotting has its creative moments and sometimes it can be funny, but the viewer should be prepared for a downbeat experience and should expect to find himself some places he would never go of his own accord.
Full Review | Original Score: +1 out of -4..+4
Rob Gonsalves
eFilmCritic.com
August 5, 2007
Among its deeper merits is that it proves a movie doesn't have to be mean to be fresh.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
January 1, 2000
Far from nihilistic, though certainly calculated to butt up against various puritanical norms, [the film is a] feel-good jaunt about young Scottish heroin addicts and their degradation and betrayals of one another.
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
January 1, 2000
[Has] a wild cinematic style that suggests a lust for the new, the different.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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