• R, 1 hr. 33 min.
  • Drama, Comedy
  • Directed By:
    Danny Boyle
    In Theaters:
    Jul 19, 1996 Wide
    On DVD:
    Mar 24, 1998
  • Miramax Films


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Trainspotting Reviews

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Chuck O'Leary
Fantastica Daily

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

January 23, 2006
Susan Tavernetti
Palo Alto Weekly

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

May 20, 2003
Leah Rozen
People Magazine

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.

Full Review Source: People Magazine

June 26, 2013
Steve Rhodes
Internet Reviews

...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 Source: Internet Reviews | Original Score: 1.5/4

January 1, 2000
Stanley Kauffmann
The New Republic
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A few patches are subtitled, but the general effect is of watching an opera without having read the libretto.

January 1, 2000
Susan Stark
Detroit News
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Full Review Source: Detroit News | Original Score: 2/4

January 1, 2000
Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

Its four main "anti-heroes" are such unsympathetic losers that it is difficult to care whether they live or die.

Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City | Original Score: 2.5/4

January 1, 2000
Gary Thompson
Philadelphia Daily News

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 Source: Philadelphia Daily News | Original Score: 2.5/4

June 26, 2013
Tom Trinchera

It has the power to shock, terrify and disgust audiences one moment and make them burst with laughter the next.

Full Review Source: culturevulture.net

February 14, 2001
Kelly Kessler
Common Sense Media

Graphic look into heroin addiction. Not for kids.

Full Review Source: Common Sense Media | Original Score: 4/5

January 2, 2011
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

| Original Score: 3/5

July 30, 2002
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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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 Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 3/4

January 1, 2000
James Berardinelli
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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 Source: ReelViews | Original Score: 3.5/4

January 1, 2000
Alan Jones
Radio Times

Unapologetic and hard-hitting, Irvine Welsh's controversial bestseller is brought to the screen as a dazzling assault on the senses.

Full Review Source: Radio Times | Original Score: 5/5

June 26, 2013
James Rocchi

Full Review Source: Netflix | Original Score: 5/5

November 7, 2002
Scott Weinberg

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 Source: eFilmCritic.com | Original Score: 5/5

July 1, 2004
Mark R. Leeper

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 Source: rec.arts.movies.reviews | Original Score: +1 out of -4..+4

January 1, 2000
Rob Gonsalves

Among its deeper merits is that it proves a movie doesn't have to be mean to be fresh.

Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com | Original Score: 4/5

August 5, 2007
Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
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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.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

January 1, 2000
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

[Has] a wild cinematic style that suggests a lust for the new, the different.

Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid | Original Score: 4/4

January 1, 2000
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