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Simon (James McAvoy), a fine art auctioneer, teams up with a criminal gang to steal a Goya painting worth millions of dollars, but after suffering a blow to the head during the heist he awakens to discover he has no memory of where he hid the painting. When physical threats and torture fail to produce answers, the gang's leader Frank (Vincent Cassel) hires hypnotherapist Elizabeth Lamb (Rosario Dawson) to delve into the darkest recesses of Simon's psyche. As Elizabeth begins to unravel Simon's broken subconscious, the lines between truth, suggestion, and deceit begin to blur.… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 68%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Trance is high-order, film noir nonsense that takes Boyle back to the thrillers he made at the start of his career with John Hodge (he wrote Trance, too), like Shallow Grave and Trainspotting, that were preoccupied with the grimy corners of the psyche."
‑ Wesley Morris, Grantland
"Dawson walks through this film with majestic confidence while McAvoy is constantly inches from a full breakdown. And Boyle keeps that tension mesmerizing."
‑ Tom Long, Detroit News
"In less qualified hands, Trance wouldn't be this entertaining."
‑ Jack Giroux, Film School Rejects
"The muddled mental states of the characters (and that of the audience) are mirrored by the film's visual style, which oscillates between languorous dreamscapes and frenetic action sequences."
‑ Emma Myers, Film Comment Magazine
"Multi-layered and beautifully-filmed by Oscar winner Danny Boyle, this drama lets viewers into the world of art and hypnosis in a tale that should be talked about long after the credits roll."
‑ John Hanlon, Big Hollywood
"Trance is to Danny Boyle more or less as Side Effects was to Steven Soderbergh: an arty spin on a trashy B-movie, engineered to showcase the director's particular gifts."
‑ Christopher Orr, The Atlantic
"I came away wondering whether the headache I left the theater with was such a bad -- or even unintentional -- thing after all."
‑ Michael O'Sullivan, Washington Post
"It goes off the rails, but in a way that's exciting and reinvigorating."
‑ Christopher Runyon, Movie Mezzanine
"[Director Danny] Boyle has not only delivered a first-rate thriller, he has produced a film that should inspire healthy debate... both about its plotting and characters. In a world of disposable entertainment, it is a lasting piece of art."
‑ Forrest Hartman, Gannett News Service
"It's a film that blurs several lines - including those between fantasy and reality, heroes and villains, and fact and fiction - and does so in a way that puts a fresh and compelling spin on contemporary film noir and heist pictures."
‑ Todd Jorgenson,
"The story draws us in even through the murk."
‑ Rick Groen, Globe and Mail
"The plot of Trance is purposely convoluted - you're supposed to get more and more confused as the story unfolds, not always sure if what you're watching is a dream."
‑ Rene Rodriguez, Miami Herald
"In the first half I was definitely invested in what was unfolding, but couldn't believe by the end that director Boyle could deliver something so ham fisted and clunky."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"The trance angle adds an interesting dimension to an otherwise routine crime caper flick."
‑ James Plath, Movie Metropolis
"A complex, breakneck and stirring modern thriller, superb in both execution and conceptual ideas even if it is a little over-indulgent."
‑ Sam Bathe, Fan The Fire
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