Trance Reviews

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February 13, 2020
...although TRANCE is engaging and evokes Boyle's finest work, the chronic lack of empathy and extremely neat framing of the plot 'twists' mean that, in the long run, it will be no more than a footnote in his career.
October 23, 2019
[A] stunning film and another [Danny] Boyle triumph that simply must be seen.
August 14, 2019
McEvoy plays the anti-hero at the heart of the movie's existential riddle. And he does the job. But thanks to Cassel and Dawson, Trance is also pretty damn sexy.
August 9, 2019
While there's a certain amount of suspense undeniably well executed as we're left to decipher what's really happening and whose hypnonightmare we could very well be trapped in, this dread gets weighted down with asinine character motivations.
July 30, 2019
It is a frenetic, haunting genre-bender that grabs hold of and keeps your attention from its first moments to its last.
April 10, 2019
It hypnotizes the audience with a clever slight of hand -- a cinematic crime puzzle that proves to be quite entertaining.
February 13, 2019
There's still something undeniably addictive about being placed under this particular director's cinematic, silky smooth spell.
December 12, 2018
McAvoy is winsome as an everyman who can't remember why he decided to be exceptional. And Dawson is so smooth, her mesmerizing performance papers over all of the problems with the plot.
November 17, 2018
Boyle gives Trance an ambience of penetrating suspense courtesy of Rick Smith's soothing musical score and the crisp cinematography of Oscar-winning Anthony Dod Mantle. Flamboyant yet slightly flawed, Trance is a spell-binding spectacle
November 1, 2018
This is a film that must be experienced. The fragmented, distorted poster is the perfect analogy for this striking picture that will absorb audiences from start to finish.
November 1, 2018
The film feels lacking in certain areas, mainly due to an ending that I don't think gels with the proceeding film.
September 4, 2018
Trance is so in love with its dream-within-dream conceits it pays little attention to anything else. It pays little attention to detail, and you know how such things bother me.
March 9, 2018
A mind-bender thriller all too cleverly helmed by the risk taking Brit filmmaker Danny Boyle.
November 8, 2017
British director Danny Boyle has delivered a thriller that takes place inside the thoughts of one character and it proves to be a head trip of the best kind - visually arresting, rapidly paced and unafraid of going into darker places.
October 3, 2017
In the end, it's the unnecessary tricksiness of the film that halts its flow. A crucial human component is missing.
September 18, 2017
[Trance] evokes an eerie, hypnotic wonderment, consuming you and transporting you, until inevitably, the fingers snap, the eyes open, and the rapturous trance is broken.
July 14, 2016
Trance is your biennial reminder that Danny Boyle is one of our greatest living directors.
June 21, 2016
It's not that I don't think Boyle knows, by the time things start to get really bananas in the second half, that his movie is silly. I'm jut not convinced that he ever decided how he felt about it.
April 17, 2016
It's a deliriously head-spinning exercise in light and sound, attacking the audience's senses while spitting in the face of linear storytelling, smiling all the while.
August 11, 2014
In less qualified hands, Trance wouldn't be this entertaining.
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