(1996)

Critic Reviews

83

Metascore

Based on 28 critic reviews provided by Metacritic.com
100
It would be hard to imagine a movie about drugs, depravity, and all-around bad behavior more electrifying than Trainspotting.
100
Film.com
Keeps you engaged in this story of a memorable anti-hero for our times.
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]
90
TNT RoughCut
Irresistibly bleak appeal.
87
Mr. Showbiz
It's a disturbing film in the best sense.
80
Film.com
Ewan McGregor in a raw, funny, star-making performance.
80
Chicago Reader
A must-see.
80
Artfully ambivalent, Danny Boyle's film, twists with a junkie's logic. It does not preach; it wallows in the pain and, more daringly, in the pleasure.
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).
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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