Trainspotting (1996)

Mark Renton (Ewan McGregor), a young man with few prospects and fewer ambitions, lives in economically depressed Edinburgh. Like most of his friends, Renton is a heroin addict who loves the drug's blissful nothingness; financing his… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Drama, Comedy
Release Date: March 24, 1998
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Critic Score: 89% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: A brutal, often times funny, other times terrifying portrayal of drug addiction in Edinburgh. Not for the faint of heart, but well worth viewing as a realistic and entertaining reminder of the horrors of drug use.

Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel

Trainspotting's saving grace is that there's a heck of a lot of entertainment value in this particular form of shallowness.

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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune

Trainspotting is a searing pop-art portrait of a lost generation blowing out its brains. As they rail, chuckle, shout and dive into darkness, you're trapped yourself between a bellylaugh and a scream.

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TV Guide's Movie Guide

By turns cheeky, surreal, exhilarating and stomach-churning.

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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer

Trainspotting, buoyed by a great Brit Pop soundtrack and Brian Tufano's agile cinematography, captures the stoned-out, gut-churning experience of hardcore addiction with hallucinogenic acuity.

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Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine

The film is about joy -- in conniving and surviving, in connecting with audiences, in its own fizzy, jizzy style. And that's why, compared with it, most other films look zombified.

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Ann Hornaday
Baltimore Sun

Brazen, hilarious, disgusting, audacious, altogether fresh.

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Michael Wood

The characters are without recognizable virtues, and neither they nor the movie asks us to like them. But they are full of energy and underplayed wit, endlessly picking themselves up off the filthy floor.

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Hal Hinson
Washington Post

A cocktail of scuzzy charm, nerve and despair that seduces and repulses in nearly equal proportions. It packs a jolt, all right. But it leaves you with a brutal hangover, too.

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Neil Jeffries
Empire Magazine

An unprecedented and unrivalled piece of entertainment.

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Flixster Audience Score: 93% Flixster User Reviews
KJ Proulx
This feels less of a masterful piece of filmmaking and more of a reminder of the affects of drug use, which in that case the film is a complete triumph. The… More
Directors Cat
[img][/img] This is an entertaining debate on the ups and downs of hard drugs, following the… More
Kase Vollebregt
Danny Boyle's sophomore bout 'Trainspotting' is a superbly well made film a brisk pace, great performances, and a fully engaging plot. Full of… More
Lucas Martins
A fast, funny, scary and realistic brutal portrait on the life of youth in an economically depressed Edinburgh, where Renton and his 'so-called mates'… More
Al S
A true sensation that`s awesome, brilliant, electrifying, stylish, hilarious and outstanding. A great and absolutely original triumph. A flat out insane… More
Alex roy
Danny Boyle's Trainspotting is a near flawless film with a great cast. The film manages to be darkly humorous as well as serious. Danny Boyle has made… More