Filth Reviews

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February 13, 2020
Although it often stumbles into gaudily hedonistic mud-rolling, Jon S. Baird's film boasts a bold tone, sharp dialogue and a towering performance from James McAvoy.
February 13, 2020
The vomitous, lingering ill effects of Filth will stay with you for a long long time.
August 30, 2019
Despite the crassness, the degradation, and various other offensive counts that rightfully earns the story title, there's an undeniably enduring quality to Baird's adaptation.
August 2, 2019
Somehow, though, the film itself becomes like a drug, and seeing it and the lead character's personal journey through to the end becomes like a compulsion.
June 7, 2019
It's a transgressive, transcendent jumble that takes you on an extraordinary journey at a breakneck pace, though it's one that may leave audiences divided.
March 6, 2019
James McAvoy has pulled off a performance so searing and intense that he manages to imbue this drug-addicted, racist sociopath with just enough vulnerability to make the movie work.
December 11, 2018
There is a grotesque whimsy in Filth that calls to mind the delicious dark humour of American Psycho and Fear & Loathing in Las Vegas.
September 5, 2018
Filth is ghastly and unpleasant, but also kind of brilliant, and therein lies both the reward and the rub.
August 22, 2018
"Filth" does not pack the memorable visual punch of Welsh's far more famous book to movie adaptation, "Trainspotting," but McAvoy's performance is on par with any from that seminal work.
August 13, 2018
May not be for everyone, but it's worth investing in if only to see McAvoy validate himself as one of the best British actors currently working.
September 6, 2017
[James] McAvoy is sensational - utterly convincing as the manipulative bully who's racist, sexist and practically every other kind of 'ist' you can think of, while managing to elicit sympathy during rare moments of humanity.
June 6, 2016
Filth is a flawed but ultimately engaging and harrowing bit of moral theater.
March 4, 2016
After all is said and done, the director and main actor still manage to create a measure of sympathy for this almost-Machiavellian character because we've also caught a glimpse of the man underneath the coke-snorting, whisky-drinking bigot.
November 27, 2015
Walks on a thin line between grotesque entertainment, perversion and the inestability of its main character, in a middle point between a dark comedy and a masoquistic fantasy. [Full review in Spanish]
November 26, 2015
Captures perfectly and expands on the colorful but pessimist junkie pop lover style set by Fight Club and Trainspotting in a modern time. [Full review in Spanish]
December 24, 2014
This is one of those movies where much of the non-Scottish audience would need subtitles and a Scottish slang dictionary. It is brimming with profanity and explicit sex scenes and an amazing performance by James McAvoy.
August 4, 2014
The film's pat, unsatisfying resolution ultimately doesn't detract from it's minute-to-minute pleasures.
June 5, 2014
"Filth" lives up to its title and then some, but a no-holds performance by James McAvoy is reason enough to watch.
June 4, 2014
Based on a novel by Irvine Welsh, Jon S. Baird's Filth is delightfully anarchic, forthright in its crassness, and, despite a general lack of thrust, exhilarating to watch.
Top Critic
May 30, 2014
Credit the filmmakers with descending persuasively into the swampy squalor of a diseased mind. If you're in the mood to go there with them, Filth offers an indecently bracing wallow.
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