Shallow Grave
Shallow Grave (1995)

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… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: December 22, 1998
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Critic Score: 72% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: This black-humored thriller features characters who are more obnoxious than clever. During the second half, the movie descends into gratuitous violence.

Peter Rainer
Los Angeles Times

Class has its place, but some of us prefer our cut-'em-ups a little more lowdown.

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James Berardinelli
ReelViews

A reasonably enjoyable (for those captivated by this sort of thing) black comedy/noir thriller.

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Christopher Long
Movie Metropolis

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.

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John Hartl
Film.com

The situation is contrived, the relationships unlikely, the characters one-dimensional.

Lucy Mohl
Film.com

Boyle's cool manner and the performances ultimately ratchet Shallow Grave past the ranks of standard thriller fare.

Chris Sawin
Examiner.com

"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.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

Since no reasonable person can remotely hope to identity with Juliet, David or Alex, the whole case drops through.

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Edward Guthmann
San Francisco Chronicle

A tight little thriller, filled with exhilarating twists, that quickly establishes its artistic contract with the audience.

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James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk

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

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Flixster Audience Score: 83% Flixster User Reviews
Spencer S.
This debut from Danny Boyle is a tale of three dispassionate roommates who find their new flat mate dead with a whole lot of money in a suitcase, and a whole… More
Michael S
Unlikable characters, bad decisions, truly memorable dialogue and a biting mean-streak all amount to the classic dark comedy that is Danny Boyle's… More
Kase Vollebregt
Danny Boyle's debut film is incredibly taut and chilling. With dark undertones and great performances (McGregor does very well), Boyle creates a moody… More
Dan Schultz
An unsettling, well-made slice of horror meets drama concerning three roommates who find their newly fourth dead in his room with a suitcase full of money by… More
Chris Weber
Combine varying amounts of The Trouble With Harry with Blood Simple, and the result is something like this. Shallow Grave is the debut of maverick director… More
Mark Walker
Before moving on to work with such lucrative film stars as Leonardo DiCaprio or reaching the Oscar winning heights of "Slumdog Millionaire", director… More

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