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Trainspotting Reviews

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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
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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
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Michael Wood
Slate
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.
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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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Derek Elley
Variety
July 7, 2010
Scabrous, brutal and hip, Trainspotting is a Clockwork Orange for the '90s.
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Time Out
February 9, 2006
This may not have the weight of 'Great Art', but it crystallises youthful disaffection with the verve of the best and brightest pop culture. A sensation.
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
April 12, 2002
The experience of watching Trainspotting -- the electric, nasty and slick descent into the milieu of young Scottish junkies -- is a little like speeding through the digestive tract of some voracious beast.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
May 12, 2001
Trainspotting is a singular sensation, a visionary knockout spiked with insight, wild invention and outrageous wit.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
February 14, 2001
Exuberant and pitiless, profane yet eloquent, flush with the ability to create laughter out of unspeakable situations, "Trainspotting" is a drop-dead look at a dead-end lifestyle that has all the strength of its considerable contradictions.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
January 1, 2000
Far from nihilistic, though certainly calculated to butt up against various puritanical norms, [the film is a] feel-good jaunt about young Scottish heroin addicts and their degradation and betrayals of one another.
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
The movie tags at the heels of Edinburgh social dropouts Renton, Spud, Sick Boy and Begbie, for whom getting off beats getting out.
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
January 1, 2000
This isn't an examination of the Scottish drug culture from the outside looking in, it's one from the inside looking out.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Charles Taylor
Salon.com
January 1, 2000
Hip, brutally honest and humane...
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Susan Stark
Detroit News
January 1, 2000
| Original Score: 2/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
The movie has been attacked as pro-drug and defended as anti-drug, but actually it is simply pragmatic. It knows that addiction leads to an unmanageable, exhausting, intensely uncomfortable daily routine, and it knows that only two things make it bearable
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Janet Maslin
New York Times
January 1, 2000
For better or worse, sometimes strictly for the sake of shock value, the stylish irreverence of "Trainspotting" mimics that drug high and delivers its own potent kick.
| Original Score: 4/5
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
January 1, 2000
This is not dour social realism. It's a shot- from-a-cannon youth movie, with likable young people sticking needles in their arms in working-class Edinburgh.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Mike Clark
USA Today
January 1, 2000
...rapid-fire youth-culture freak show: random sex, in-your-face scatology, senseless violence and rampant profanity delivered in haggis-thick brogues.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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Stanley Kauffmann
The New Republic
January 1, 2000
A few patches are subtitled, but the general effect is of watching an opera without having read the libretto.