(1996)

Critic Reviews

83

Metascore

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100
Entertainment Weekly
It would be hard to imagine a movie about drugs, depravity, and all-around bad behavior more electrifying than Trainspotting.
100
Chicago Tribune
Heroin may be a downer, but Trainspotting definitely takes you up...a series of roaring, provocative, outrageous highs. [26 July 1996, Friday, p.C]
100
San Francisco Examiner
Extraordinary, entertaining cinema.
90
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.
88
USA Today
A movie that rudely flings feces at the breakfast table isn't for everyone.
88
ReelViews
There's nothing new or unique about the story, but it is presented in a manner that reinforces its immediacy and impact.
88
The Globe and Mail (Toronto)
A little like speeding through the digestive tract of some voracious beast. There's bite, acid, digestive churning and an expulsive conclusion. If the metaphor seems unsavoury, well, wait until you see the film.
87
Mr. Showbiz
It's a disturbing film in the best sense.
75
Chicago Sun-Times
It uses a colorful vocabulary, it contains a lot of energy, it elevates its miserable heroes to the status of icons (in their own eyes, that is).
75
San Francisco Chronicle
Darkly comic tone of heroin-addiction film sets it apart
75
Baltimore Sun
Isn't a noble story, or even a cautionary one: It just feels pretty painfully real.
70
Captures the way drug addiction gives structure and purpose to aimless lives, and evokes the breathtaking rapture of a fix. All this and a happy ending, too.

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