Trash

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Action-packed, funny, and thought-provoking, Trash finds feel-good cinema in real-life squalor without resorting to cheap sentimentality.

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Set in an unnamed Third World country, three kids who make a discovery in a garbage dump soon find themselves running from the cops and trying to right a terrible wrong.

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Critic Reviews for Trash

All Critics (44) | Top Critics (17) | Fresh (29) | Rotten (15)

  • Trash is a magical film, possessing the ability to simultaneously anger you and lift your spirits as you are taken for a thrilling ride through the injustice of life in Rio de Janeiro.

    May 17, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • Daldry has a rare talent... for drawing out the very best from young actors. The sheer joy and energy of the boys propels Trash and keeps us rooting for good over evil despite the contrived ending.

    April 4, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

    Lucy Popescu

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  • This effectively tense adventure also delivers the heart and heroism audiences love.

    February 20, 2016 | Rating: B | Full Review…
  • The Richard Curtis script has Rooney Mara and Martin Sheen running about Rio evading cliched baddies - and they are outshone by the wonderfully energetic young trio, who turn muck into brass.

    December 22, 2015 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • Trash is a step up from Extremely Loud's cloying 9/11 exploitation simply by virtue of not being one of the most appalling movies ever made. It's still pretty crummy, though.

    October 11, 2015 | Full Review…
  • Obviously, its heart is in the right place, and one can only hope the story and characters read better in Mulligan's book, but as far as "Trash" the film is concerned, the result is disposable.

    October 10, 2015 | Rating: D+ | Full Review…

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  • Jun 19, 2015
    Now and then it does offer some insight into the country's social inequality and police brutality, but as a whole this is a cheap fantasy filled with nonsense (like a villain that seems more like a psychic) and naive optimism to make poor people believe that it is easy to have a happy ending.
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