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Trance Reviews

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Emma Myers
Film Comment Magazine
November 4, 2013
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.
Al Alexander
The Patriot Ledger
May 13, 2013
At least the film looks great, but without much of a spark, 'Trance' can only make you sleepy - very sleepy.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Meredith Borders
April 10, 2013
TRANCE is neither righteously wanton nor deliberately abstract. It's merely half-baked storytelling made memorable by sheer ugliness.
John Serba
June 4, 2013
An occasionally frustrating and far-fetched psychological thriller with enough deceptive plot switchbacks and visual tricks for three movies.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Sandy Schaefer
April 12, 2013
An overly-preposterous, neo-Noir crime thriller that unravels its central mystery - and then collapses when bringing deeper significance to the proceedings.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Zachary Wigon
Village Voice
April 3, 2013
Anything goes, which may make all this great fun for the hallucinogenically inclined, but since nothing in these sequences has any lasting consequences, suspense is difficult to amplify.
Vincent Mancini
April 12, 2013
Like a beautifully elaborate origami weave of story strands I didn't believe for even a single second.
Full Review | Original Score: D
March 28, 2013
For fans of Danny Boyle, Trance is a dreamy disappointment but you can't help thinking that during the making of this film his mind was transfixed somewhere else in East London.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
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
CJ Johnson
ABC Radio (Australia)
April 6, 2013
If you were to tell me that Danny Boyle had told his long-standing First Assistant Director to go make a movie "in the style of Danny Boyle", and he had done so, and that the result had been TRANCE, I would've believed you. This is him slumming, badly.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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David Ehrlich
April 1, 2013
An insufferable cross between "Inception" and the twisty heist noir of Jean-Pierre Melville, "Trance" is a shapelessly propulsive mess of pop psychology and poor drama.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/10
Shaun Munro
What Culture
March 25, 2013
How much you'll bite down on Boyle's shtick will probably depend on your own suggestibility.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Rima Sabina Aouf
Concrete Playground
March 26, 2013
Trance will divide people. A film like this really rests on the payoff of its twist, and the Trance twist is limp and signposted early on.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
Sam Adams
Philadelphia City Paper
April 12, 2013
A cracking thriller built around art auctioneer James McAvoy' convenient amnesia, Danny Boyle's Trance jumps the rails in the closing stretch.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Don Groves
March 21, 2013
Kinetic thriller about hypnosis is irritatingly befuddling, not mesmerising
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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James Berardinelli
April 4, 2013
The movie is never boring or uninteresting, but I viewed it from a detached perspective, unable to become involved because I didn't really care about any of the three main characters.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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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
Kelly Vance
East Bay Express
April 16, 2013
The best we can say about this is that it's better than Guy Ritchie.
Tim Grierson
April 2, 2013
"Shallow Grave" was one of Boyle's less stylish films, but it succeeded because of the interplay between its central characters. By comparison, "Trance" is simply shallow.
Edward Douglas
April 3, 2013
From any other director, Trance would be just fine, but coming from Danny Boyle after such a long gap, it's hard not to be disappointed by what is clearly weaker material.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
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