Shallow Grave
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The feature film debut of Scottish director Danny Boyle was a dark, hip, Generation X comedy about a trio of Edinburgh roommates whose narcissistic greed fuels murder and betrayal. Boisterous journalist Alex (Ewan McGregor), flirtatious doctor Juliet (Kerry Fox), and meek accountant David (Christopher Eccleston) possess very different personalities, but the roommates are bonded in mutual, self-absorbed cynicism. Seeking a fourth boarder to share the rent for their stylish flat, they cruelly dismiss several candidates before settling on Hugo (Keith Allen), whose air of detachment meets the… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 72%

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"Class has its place, but some of us prefer our cut-'em-ups a little more lowdown."
‑ Peter Rainer, Los Angeles Times
"A reasonably enjoyable (for those captivated by this sort of thing) black comedy/noir thriller."
‑ James Berardinelli, ReelViews
"I'm not surprised that in my youth I thought Shallow Grave was a pretty cool movie. What surprises me now is that the adults at the time gave this ridiculous movie a pass."
‑ Christopher Long, Movie Metropolis
"At some point, ordinary human compassion must take up the slack. Boyle isn't a zippy enough director to make up for what's missing. No one is."
‑ Rob Gonsalves,
"Nasty, mean-spirited, and heartless--perfect qualities for a thriller."
‑ Michael Dequina,
"The situation is contrived, the relationships unlikely, the characters one-dimensional."
‑ John Hartl,
"Boyle's cool manner and the performances ultimately ratchet Shallow Grave past the ranks of standard thriller fare."
‑ Lucy Mohl,
""Shallow Grave" is a story that goes from bad to worse to nasty during its duration. The performances are solid as you can never get a clear read on anyone's motives right until it's about to be revealed. One of the most solid debuts anyone could ask for."
‑ Chris Sawin,
"This stylish, exhilarating feature debut Scottish director Boyle shows impressive command over the film medium. It's new type of British film, more influenced by Tarantino and the Coen brothers than any British tradition--Boyle is a talent to watch."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Horrific fun!"
‑ S. James Wegg, JWR
"Since no reasonable person can remotely hope to identity with Juliet, David or Alex, the whole case drops through."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"A tight little thriller, filled with exhilarating twists, that quickly establishes its artistic contract with the audience."
‑ Edward Guthmann, San Francisco Chronicle
"While it is not a great film, it is a good first film, amply demonstrating Boyle's catchy visual flair and rat-a-tat sense of tempo, as well as Hodge's ear for dialogue and intuitive sense of character dynamics"
‑ James Kendrick, Q Network Film Desk
"Impressive cast fails to redeem rather overrated movie."
‑ Gregory Weinkauf, ▄berCinÚ
"Regardless of how one feels about the film, there's no denying that it's absolutely brilliant as a cinematic calling card."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
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