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: July 19, 1996
DVD Release Date: March 24, 1998
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Critic Score: 90% 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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Matt Neal
ABC Radio (Australia)

Trainspotting is a remarkable film.

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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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Wendy Ide
Observer (UK)

What's interesting, viewing the film now, is how it manages to be both inarguably of its time, the mid 90s, but also has not dated nearly as badly as most youth culture movies tend to.

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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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Peter Bradshaw

Trainspotting is supercharged with sulphurous humour and brutal recklessness: it charges at you like Ewan McGregor's Renton sprinting from store detectives in the opening sequence.

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Flixster Audience Score: 93% Flixster User Reviews
KJ Proulx
It's been over 13 years since the release of the first Trainspotting film, and the cult following that it has gained over the years is absolutely… More
Kevin M. Williams
Spend some quality time with some Edinburgh chaps who realise that life in the modern day is realistically all mapped out for them and find that it is better… More
Matthew Samuel Mirliani
Artistically constructed, and featuring a bravura performance from Ewan McGregor, Trainspotting craftily balances both a dark and charming tone.
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
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5 stars
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