Trance Reviews

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Jack Giroux
Film School Rejects
August 11, 2014
In less qualified hands, Trance wouldn't be this entertaining.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Christopher Runyon
Movie Mezzanine
February 20, 2014
It goes off the rails, but in a way that's exciting and reinvigorating.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Top Critic
Wesley Morris
Grantland
January 6, 2014
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.
Forrest Hartman
Gannett News Service
July 30, 2013
[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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
James Plath
Movie Metropolis
July 30, 2013
The trance angle adds an interesting dimension to an otherwise routine crime caper flick.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
John Hanlon
Big Hollywood
June 30, 2013
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Todd Jorgenson
Cinemalogue.com
June 12, 2013
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.
Sam Bathe
Fan The Fire
June 12, 2013
A complex, breakneck and stirring modern thriller, superb in both execution and conceptual ideas even if it is a little over-indulgent.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Michael Dequina
TheMovieReport.com
May 6, 2013
The unpredictable journey through fluid and malleable concepts of reality and identity is consistently gripping.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Pete Vonder Haar
Houston Press
April 14, 2013
Trance isn't the director's best by a long shot, but it's a perfectly serviceable thriller with all Boyle's trademark flourishes.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Glenn Lovell
CinemaDope
April 13, 2013
... 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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/3
Craig Seligman
Bloomberg News
April 13, 2013
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).
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing
April 13, 2013
Like any good thriller worth its weight in red herrings, Trance keeps the audience guessing for the vast majority of its running time.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
April 13, 2013
A beguilingly brilliant cinematic puzzle.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Bob Bloom
Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
April 12, 2013
(Rosario) Dawson, in a performance worthy of an Academy Award nomination, reveals Lamb to be a wily fox able to outwit the stronger prey that surrounds her.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Susan Granger
SSG Syndicate
April 12, 2013
Trippy, intriguing, and enigmatic - it's a surreal, clever, ambiguous brain-teaser that will keep you thinking long after the lights go up.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Top Critic
Christopher Orr
The Atlantic
April 12, 2013
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.
Willie Waffle
WaffleMovies.com
April 12, 2013
The most mind-boggling movie since Inception, in a good way.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Michael Smith
Tulsa World
April 12, 2013
Deliciously twisty, until it has too many twists.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Jason Buchanan
TV Guide's Movie Guide
April 12, 2013
While we may not be able to trust any of the characters in Trance, we can certainly count on the filmmakers to deliver a story that holds us transfixed from start to finish.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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