Filth (2014)

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… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: May 30, 2014
DVD Release Date: August 12, 2014
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Critic Score: 64% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Warped, grimy, and enthusiastically unpleasant, Filth lives up to its title splendidly.

Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic

"Filth" lives up to its title and then some, but a no-holds performance by James McAvoy is reason enough to watch.

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John Semley
Globe and Mail

Viewers hungry for a catch-all dose of Welshian sardonicism would be better served checking out Trainspotting. Better soundtrack, for one.

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Stephen Carty
Metro (UK)

[James] McAvoy is sensational - utterly convincing as the manipulative bully who's racist, sexist and practically every other kind of 'ist' you can think of, while managing to elicit sympathy during rare moments of humanity.

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Bob Mondello

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.

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Glenn Kenny

"Filth" demonstrates that contemporary filmmakers would do well to fine new ways of getting their hands dirty.

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Brian Roan
The Film Stage

Filth is a flawed but ultimately engaging and harrowing bit of moral theater.

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Bilge Ebiri
New York Magazine/Vulture

I'm not sure I can recommend the movie, but this actor and this performance are something to behold.

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Linda Barnard
Toronto Star

Unlike Jude Law's similarly offensive title character in Dom Hemingway, McAvoy is given a far better story to work from.

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Theresa Smith
Independent Online (South Africa)

After all is said and done, the director and main actor still manage to create a measure of sympathy for this almost-Machiavellian character because we've also caught a glimpse of the man underneath the coke-snorting, whisky-drinking bigot.

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Flixster Audience Score: 66% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalhães
James McAvoy's outstanding performance is what lifts this always intriguing dark comedy above its minor flaws - mainly the discrepancy in tone that starts… More
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three stars
Kevin M. Williams
Take a visit to scenic Scotland where a chance at promotion at the local police department leads to one character's descent, leap, into frenzied psychosis… More
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Al S
A balls-out, twisted and brilliant piece of madness and energy. A superbly crafted piece of work headlining the best performance of James McAvoy's career.… More
danny d
affecting and transparent, but graphic for its own sake and not quite as interested as it should have been in the heart of the descent of the main character.… More