Shallow Grave


Shallow Grave

Critics Consensus

This black-humored thriller features characters who are more obnoxious than clever. During the second half, the movie descends into gratuitous violence.



Total Count: 49


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User Ratings: 39,904
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In this black British comedy, set in modern Scotland, three odd people finally find a new roommate and must figure out what to do with him after he turns up dead. Tension runs high between the trio, and the story takes many serpentine turns before its resolution.

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Kerry Fox
as Juliet Miller
Christopher Eccleston
as David Stephens
Ewan McGregor
as Alex Law
Ken Stott
as Inspector
John Hodge
as Constable
John Bett
as Brian McKinley
Kenneth Bryans
as Senior Police Officer
Elspeth Cameron
as Elderly Woman
Tony Curran
as Salesman
Bill Denniston
as Master of Cermonies
Paul Doonan
as Newspaper Office Boy
Victor Eadie
as Freezer Victim
Grant Glendinning
as Bath Victim
Victoria Nairn
as Woman Visitor
Gregor Powrie
as Young Policeman
Gary Lewis
as Male Visitor
David Scoular
as Cash Machine Victim
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Audience Reviews for Shallow Grave

  • Apr 09, 2013
    Danny Boyle's debut film is incredibly taut and chilling. With dark undertones and great performances (McGregor does very well), Boyle creates a moody thriller with an engaging plot but maybe with too loose of an ending.
    Kase V Super Reviewer
  • Sep 28, 2012
    Nice bit of suspense work here particularly on the part of McGregor. Nice change of pace for the actors in adapting their characters when the stress increases.
    John B Super Reviewer
  • Sep 07, 2012
    An unsettling, well-made slice of horror meets drama concerning three roommates who find their newly fourth dead in his room with a suitcase full of money by his side. Instead of calling the police, they decide to do whatever they can to keep the money, even if it means disposing of the body in an inhumane way. Like most first features from great directors, Danny Boyle's first film is full of raw, unadulterated violence that is indeed very disturbing. While none of the characters are particularly that likable, the "Breaking Bad"-esque change in character that Christopher Eccleston's David undergoes is absolutely arresting, even if it is a bit of a stretch. While the film nearly loses itself in its final half, notably with a melodramatic conclusion, it still has a frenetic pace and paranoid atmosphere that makes it impossible to look away from. Not for all tastes, but certainly a memorable little movie that will not leave you quickly.
    Dan S Super Reviewer
  • Jun 13, 2012
    I would have liked a little more exploration into the world of the film. Basically, I'm still not sure if the characters are meant to be representative of certain personality types or realistic. In either case, this is a rough sketch on Boyle's part. But I like what's there, specifically that its a thriller that revolves around shifting alliances and mind games.
    Alec B Super Reviewer

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