Trance Reviews

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Duane Dudek
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
April 11, 2013
Half as smart as it pretends to be, and twice as weird.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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John Anderson
Newsday
April 11, 2013
For much of the film ... Boyle's innate flair as a dramatist and conjurer keeps one clamped to the armrests.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
April 11, 2013
Boyle is telling us a story of a perfect crime gone awry. But like his protagonist, he's really shifty about it.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Brian Tallerico
HollywoodChicago.com
April 11, 2013
An undeniably well-made thriller that works back in on itself a few too many times for disbelief to stay suspended but delivers enough escapist entertainment to be considered a success.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5.0
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
April 11, 2013
Danny Boyle seems to have had a blast making Trance. It's a pity he makes it so difficult to share in his joy.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Steve Persall
Tampa Bay Times
April 11, 2013
Even when the plot goes completely bonkers, bat-guano off the rails, "Trance" is a perfect title for this dazed and confusing movie. See it but don't dare explain it to anyone. Then see it again and realize you would have been wrong.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Brian Orndorf
Blu-ray.com
April 11, 2013
Boyle gets too caught up in a blind sprint of disorientation, and Trance, as busy as it imagines itself to be, registers as lot of heavy breathing without any oxygen to spare.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
Josh Larsen
LarsenOnFilm
April 11, 2013
...most enjoyable for the way each of the three leads offers a twist on classic noir archetypes.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
April 11, 2013
While you're watching "Trance," it's so deft at pulling the wool over your eyes it's only later that you think, "I can't believe it got me."
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
April 11, 2013
When we awaken from this "Trance," we wish we could have our amnesia back.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
April 11, 2013
For a while, "Trance" had me guessing, and more or less hooked. Then the violence, motivations, double-crosses and fantasy/reality tangles became tedious.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Matt Pais
RedEye
April 11, 2013
Until its nested structure grows tiresome, Trance serves as slick, shifty entertainment, anchored by three excellent lead performances as slithery as the movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Dustin Putman
TheFilmFile.com
April 11, 2013
"Breathtaking" is an adjective that should be used sparingly when discussing film, lest the word begin to lose its rightful weight and inference. "Trance" is just that, and then so much more.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Josh Bell
Las Vegas Weekly
April 11, 2013
Boyle's expressive style creates its own trance to carry past the implausible explanations, all the way through to the end.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Stephen Silver
EntertainmentTell
April 10, 2013
Director Danny Boyle is clearly trying to make his "Inception," but instead he's made his "Vanilla Sky."
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Meredith Borders
Birth.Movies.Death.
April 10, 2013
TRANCE is neither righteously wanton nor deliberately abstract. It's merely half-baked storytelling made memorable by sheer ugliness.
Jolene Mendez
Entertainment Spectrum
April 10, 2013
"Trance" is a masterpiece that will leave your imagination running wild.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
April 9, 2013
The film's sensory experience is too alluring to resist, Boyle salvaging his unduly swirly story with a slathering of his shimmering, sumptuous aesthetics.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Andy Lea
Daily Star
April 9, 2013
Like most of Boyle's work, this is a stylish and clever film. But it's also one of the few that I don't feel like going back to.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Cameron Williams
The Popcorn Junkie
April 8, 2013
While Danny Boyle's frenetic direction excels, the film is always one long lost evil twin away from deteriorating to complete melodrama
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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