Trance (2013)

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… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: April 5, 2013
DVD Release Date: July 23, 2013
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Critic Score: 68% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: As stylish as ever, director Danny Boyle seems to be treading water with the surprisingly thinly written Trance -- but for fans of Boyle's work, it should still prove a trippily entertaining distraction.

Wesley Morris

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.

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Tom Long
Detroit News

Dawson walks through this film with majestic confidence while McAvoy is constantly inches from a full breakdown. And Boyle keeps that tension mesmerizing.

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John Lui
The Straits Times (Singapore)

British director Danny Boyle has delivered a thriller that takes place inside the thoughts of one character and it proves to be a head trip of the best kind - visually arresting, rapidly paced and unafraid of going into darker places.

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Christopher Orr
The Atlantic

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.

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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post

I came away wondering whether the headache I left the theater with was such a bad -- or even unintentional -- thing after all.

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Ryan Gilbey
New Statesman

In the end, it's the unnecessary tricksiness of the film that halts its flow. A crucial human component is missing.

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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail

The story draws us in even through the murk.

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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald

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.

Tom Meek
The Rumpus

[Trance] evokes an eerie, hypnotic wonderment, consuming you and transporting you, until inevitably, the fingers snap, the eyes open, and the rapturous trance is broken.

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Flixster Audience Score: 62% Flixster User Reviews
Alex roy
Danny Boyle's Trance is one of those films that boasts an impressive concept, but fails to deliver. I really expected this film to be good, but the end… More
Michael S
After a string of mainstream hits (Slumdog Millionaire, 127 Hours), "Trance" is Danny Boyle's return to the more eccentric genre fare he was… More
Ross Collins
Entertaining British crime caper but I found the characterisations a bit hard to believe and the plot becomes a bit too confused.
Daniel Mumby
It's very common for directors to kick back and have some fun after winning a major award. The Coen Brothers have virtually made a career out of… More
Sam Barnett
Trance sees director Danny Boyle return to the kind of kinetic sensory-overload-with-attitude that harkens back to his early days of Trainspotting glory. And… More
Spencer S.
For all the style, and trippy atmosphere to Danny Boyle's latest directorial venture, a film cannot be comprised of mood scapes and visual trickery, and… More