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Scheming Bruce Robertson, a bigoted and corrupt policeman, is in line for a promotion and will stop at nothing to get what he wants. Enlisted to solve a brutal murder and threatened by the aspirations of his colleagues, including Ray Lennox, Bruce sets about ensuring their ruin, right under the nose of unwitting Chief Inspector Toal. As he turns his colleagues against one another by stealing their wives and exposing their secrets, Bruce starts to lose himself in a web of deceit that he can no longer control. His past is slowly catching up with him, and a missing wife, a crippling drug habit… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 62%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

""Filth" lives up to its title and then some, but a no-holds performance by James McAvoy is reason enough to watch."
‑ Bill Goodykoontz, Arizona Republic
"Viewers hungry for a catch-all dose of Welshian sardonicism would be better served checking out Trainspotting. Better soundtrack, for one."
‑ John Semley, Globe and Mail
"Filth ends up leaving you with a bad taste in your mouth, not because of the content (you get what you would expect with such a title), but because it ends up getting nowhere with its shallow attempts at a plot and overanxious attempts to be bizarre."
‑ Jeff Beck,
"Here is a relentlessly shallow and nihilistic movie, a 97-minute exercise in cynicism with nothing of substance standing in a manic foreground."
‑ David Keyes,
"Based on a novel by Irvine Welsh, Jon S. Baird's Filth is delightfully anarchic, forthright in its crassness, and, despite a general lack of thrust, exhilarating to watch."
‑ Witney Seibold, Nerdist
"Credit the filmmakers with descending persuasively into the swampy squalor of a diseased mind. If you're in the mood to go there with them, Filth offers an indecently bracing wallow."
‑ Bob Mondello, NPR
"Unlike Jude Law's similarly offensive title character in Dom Hemingway, McAvoy is given a far better story to work from."
‑ Linda Barnard, Toronto Star
"The film's pat, unsatisfying resolution ultimately doesn't detract from it's minute-to-minute pleasures."
‑ Stephen Danay, Under the Radar
"The film gets so worked up trying to shock you, to put James McAvoy and his accomplished co-stars through the nasty paces, that it lands with a thud."
‑ Robert Levin, amNewYork
"The hodgepodge of genre elements, loose narrative threads and ungainly tonal shifts keep the audience at a distance, a point from which everything appears increasingly bizarre and meaningless."
‑ Amir Soltani, Movie Mezzanine
"I'm not sure I can recommend the movie, but this actor and this performance are something to behold."
‑ Bilge Ebiri, New York Magazine/Vulture
"After a certain point, watching it is like listening to the ravings of an increasingly incoherent and abusive drunk."
‑ Stephen Holden, New York Times
"It's called "Filth." Who says there's no truth in advertising?"
‑ Jeff Baker, Oregonian
"To its detriment, Filth too often pulls its punches, and if you're striving for pitch black, that is most definitely a cardinal sin."
‑ Josh Kupecki, Austin Chronicle
"ultimately a forgettable film"
‑ Kevin Carr, 7M Pictures
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