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Trainspotting Reviews

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Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
December 5, 2016
A showy balancing act.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
Fausto Ponce
May 3, 2016
Trainspotting is a look to a better world while you're down and stuck in the mud. [Full review in Spanish]
Mariana Fernández
Butaca Ancha
April 1, 2016
A cult film because of it's particular way to deal with dark themes in a different way. [Full review in Spanish]

TV Guide
June 26, 2013
By turns cheeky, surreal, exhilarating and stomach-churning.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Ann Hornaday
Baltimore Sun
June 26, 2013
Brazen, hilarious, disgusting, audacious, altogether fresh.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Neil Jeffries
Empire Magazine
June 26, 2013
An unprecedented and unrivalled piece of entertainment.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Jon Fortgang
June 26, 2013
Funny, disturbing, tragic and deeply addictive.
Rod Dreher
South Florida Sun-Sentinel
June 26, 2013
A grimy bolt of celluloid lightning unspooling at 24 crackling frames a second, this episodic tale of smart-aleck Scottish lads on heroin is the year's most exciting film -- and surely its most controversial.
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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
June 26, 2013
Trainspotting's saving grace is that there's a heck of a lot of entertainment value in this particular form of shallowness.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Leah Rozen
People Magazine
June 26, 2013
All this doped-up ennui eventually proves wearing. Junkies, given to nodding out and living in squalor, don't make good company for too long.
Gary Thompson
Philadelphia Daily News
June 26, 2013
Heroin, as it turns out, provides the characters in Trainspotting with something the filmmakers can't -- motivation. Without the drug, Boyle can't convincingly explain the actions of Renton and his friends.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
June 26, 2013
Trainspotting, buoyed by a great Brit Pop soundtrack and Brian Tufano's agile cinematography, captures the stoned-out, gut-churning experience of hardcore addiction with hallucinogenic acuity.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Alan Jones
Radio Times
June 26, 2013
Unapologetic and hard-hitting, Irvine Welsh's controversial bestseller is brought to the screen as a dazzling assault on the senses.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Dan Webster
Spokesman-Review (Washington)
June 26, 2013
There's no denying that the visual imagery boasted by Danny Boyle's Trainspotting rivals anything you're likely to see on the big screen.
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Michael Wood
June 26, 2013
The characters are without recognizable virtues, and neither they nor the movie asks us to like them. But they are full of energy and underplayed wit, endlessly picking themselves up off the filthy floor.
David Sterritt
Christian Science Monitor
June 26, 2013
It's hard to recall a movie that etches the horrors of drug dependence more shatteringly than this British tragicomedy, which Danny Boyle has directed with ferocious energy.
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
June 26, 2013
Trainspotting is a searing pop-art portrait of a lost generation blowing out its brains. As they rail, chuckle, shout and dive into darkness, you're trapped yourself between a bellylaugh and a scream.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
June 26, 2013
The film is about joy -- in conniving and surviving, in connecting with audiences, in its own fizzy, jizzy style. And that's why, compared with it, most other films look zombified.
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Hal Hinson
Washington Post
June 26, 2013
A cocktail of scuzzy charm, nerve and despair that seduces and repulses in nearly equal proportions. It packs a jolt, all right. But it leaves you with a brutal hangover, too.
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
September 7, 2011
It would be hard to imagine a movie about drugs, depravity, and all-around bad behavior more electrifying than Trainspotting.
Full Review | Original Score: A
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