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Trance (2013)



Average Rating: 6.5/10
Reviews Counted: 166
Fresh: 112 | Rotten: 54

As stylish as ever, director Danny Boyle seems to be treading water with the surprisingly thinly written Trance -- but for fans of Boyle's work, it should still prove a trippily entertaining distraction.


Average Rating: 6/10
Critic Reviews: 37
Fresh: 21 | Rotten: 16

As stylish as ever, director Danny Boyle seems to be treading water with the surprisingly thinly written Trance -- but for fans of Boyle's work, it should still prove a trippily entertaining distraction.



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Simon (James McAvoy), a fine art auctioneer, teams up with a criminal gang to steal a Goya painting worth millions of dollars, but after suffering a blow to the head during the heist he awakens to discover he has no memory of where he hid the painting. When physical threats and torture fail to produce answers, the gang's leader Frank (Vincent Cassel) hires hypnotherapist Elizabeth Lamb (Rosario Dawson) to delve into the darkest recesses of Simon's psyche. As Elizabeth begins to unravel Simon's


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Jul 23, 2013


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All Critics (166) | Top Critics (37) | Fresh (112) | Rotten (54)

Trance is high-order, film noir nonsense that takes Boyle back to the thrillers he made at the start of his career with John Hodge (he wrote Trance, too), like Shallow Grave and Trainspotting, that were preoccupied with the grimy corners of the psyche.

January 6, 2014 Full Review Source: Grantland
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Trance is to Danny Boyle more or less as Side Effects was to Steven Soderbergh: an arty spin on a trashy B-movie, engineered to showcase the director's particular gifts.

April 12, 2013 Full Review Source: The Atlantic
The Atlantic
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The story draws us in even through the murk.

April 12, 2013 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail
Globe and Mail
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Dawson walks through this film with majestic confidence while McAvoy is constantly inches from a full breakdown. And Boyle keeps that tension mesmerizing.

April 12, 2013 Full Review Source: Detroit News
Detroit News
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I came away wondering whether the headache I left the theater with was such a bad -- or even unintentional -- thing after all.

April 12, 2013 Full Review Source: Washington Post
Washington Post
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The plot of Trance is purposely convoluted - you're supposed to get more and more confused as the story unfolds, not always sure if what you're watching is a dream.

April 11, 2013 Full Review Source: Miami Herald
Miami Herald
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It goes off the rails, but in a way that's exciting and reinvigorating.

February 20, 2014 Full Review Source: Movie Mezzanine
Movie Mezzanine

In the first half I was definitely invested in what was unfolding, but couldn't believe by the end that director Boyle could deliver something so ham fisted and clunky.

December 12, 2013 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed
Cinema Crazed

The muddled mental states of the characters (and that of the audience) are mirrored by the film's visual style, which oscillates between languorous dreamscapes and frenetic action sequences.

November 4, 2013 Full Review Source: Film Comment Magazine
Film Comment Magazine

[Director Danny] Boyle has not only delivered a first-rate thriller, he has produced a film that should inspire healthy debate... both about its plotting and characters. In a world of disposable entertainment, it is a lasting piece of art.

July 30, 2013 Full Review Source: Gannett News Service
Gannett News Service

The trance angle adds an interesting dimension to an otherwise routine crime caper flick.

July 30, 2013 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis
Movie Metropolis

Multi-layered and beautifully-filmed by Oscar winner Danny Boyle, this drama lets viewers into the world of art and hypnosis in a tale that should be talked about long after the credits roll.

June 30, 2013 Full Review Source: Big Hollywood
Big Hollywood

It's a film that blurs several lines - including those between fantasy and reality, heroes and villains, and fact and fiction - and does so in a way that puts a fresh and compelling spin on contemporary film noir and heist pictures.

June 12, 2013 Full Review Source:

A complex, breakneck and stirring modern thriller, superb in both execution and conceptual ideas even if it is a little over-indulgent.

June 12, 2013 Full Review Source: Fan The Fire
Fan The Fire

An occasionally frustrating and far-fetched psychological thriller with enough deceptive plot switchbacks and visual tricks for three movies.

June 4, 2013 Full Review Source:

At least the film looks great, but without much of a spark, 'Trance' can only make you sleepy - very sleepy.

May 13, 2013 Full Review Source: The Patriot Ledger
The Patriot Ledger

The unpredictable journey through fluid and malleable concepts of reality and identity is consistently gripping.

May 6, 2013 Full Review Source:

Aparentemente, Danny Boyle encontra-se encantado demais pelas possibilidades da lógica visual que criou para se incomodar com a (falta de) lógica da história que está contando.

May 3, 2013 Full Review Source: Cinema em Cena
Cinema em Cena

Trance is an elaborate tease. Trance is more mindless than mind-bending.

April 17, 2013 Full Review Source:

The best we can say about this is that it's better than Guy Ritchie.

April 16, 2013 Full Review Source: East Bay Express
East Bay Express

Boyle's showboating has none of the impact of the film's most memorable image, a sudden full-length shot of Rosario Dawson, as bare as a Renaissance Venus. This is a startling example of cinema's original and unsurpassed special effect: the human figure.

April 15, 2013 Full Review Source: Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

Trance isn't the director's best by a long shot, but it's a perfectly serviceable thriller with all Boyle's trademark flourishes.

April 14, 2013 Full Review Source: Houston Press
Houston Press

... a flashy time-killer, a hodgepodge of trompe l'oeil ruses that add up to your standard noir mystery, only tricked-out in the latest in digital effects.

April 13, 2013 Full Review Source: CinemaDope

Trance is a busy, glittering picture, but you never have much of a stake in the outlandish twists (unless you happen to take hypnotism very seriously).

April 13, 2013 Full Review Source: Bloomberg News
Bloomberg News

Like any good thriller worth its weight in red herrings, Trance keeps the audience guessing for the vast majority of its running time.

April 13, 2013 Full Review Source: Creative Loafing
Creative Loafing

Audience Reviews for Trance

Danny Boyle's Trance is one of those films that boasts an impressive concept, but fails to deliver. I really expected this film to be good, but the end result is a mediocre film that just doesn't have what it takes to be an entertaining action thriller. The film has an impressive cast, an original concept, but one that I felt was underdeveloped and one that ultimately left a lot to be desired. I really wanted to get into this film, as I think that Danny Boyle is a terrific director, and he is among my favorites. However here he presents a film that is disappointing despite its premise, and you wonder how something interesting could fall flat. I expected much more from this film, and if you're looking for a thrilling film, you'll be disappointed with Trance. The film is all style and no real sense of substance. Trance ends up being a dull film, one that should have been great. Instead, it squanders its potential, and tries to overwhelm you into its spider web of so called thrills. I simply felt that the film didn't work, and it could have been better considering the talent involved in front and behind the camera. This is a film that tries too hard at capturing your attention, and in doing so, you're lost in its complexities, and it is a film that is hard to follow and not as interesting as it tries to be. Trance could have been a highly memorable film, but it ends up being disappointing and I feel that there is something missing here to make it a better film.
January 28, 2014
Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski

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Entertaining British crime caper but I found the characterisations a bit hard to believe and the plot becomes a bit too confused.
December 21, 2013

Super Reviewer

Trance sees director Danny Boyle return to the kind of kinetic sensory-overload-with-attitude that harkens back to his early days of Trainspotting glory. And while the images are undeniably beautiful, and the three main cast members are all excellent, nothing can save a story that veers quickly and remorselessly into nonsense territory. In fact, what's frustrating about the movie is that it uses its buckets of disorienting style in an attempt to distract audiences from a storyline that progressively gives up every thread of logic, as it transforms from an enjoyable heist movie with a psychological twist in to a melodramatic Inception-esque romance/thriller with a bonkers action-movie finale, all of which comes off as tonally confused as it sounds. Beautiful, yes, but in the end, no amount of captivating visuals are enough to lull the audience into forgetting the movie's many flaws. It's basically The Beach all over again.
December 18, 2013
Sam Barnett

Super Reviewer

After a string of mainstream hits (Slumdog Millionaire, 127 Hours), "Trance" is Danny Boyle's return to the more eccentric genre fare he was known for, and he really directs the hell out of what is one of the best entertainments of the year. In Boyle tradition, It's a fantastic piece of visual filmmaking... but the cast is great, the soundtrack is kinetic, and the energy of the film is absolutely infectious as well. In the end I STILL can't grasp all of the plot's intricacies and I'm left a bit dizzy, but that's just par for the course in a movie aptly named "Trance." Trying to put it all together is so much fun that it hardly even matters.
November 12, 2013

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