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  • Summary: Detective Sergeant Bruce Robertson (James McAvoy) wants a promotion. He is clearly the best man for the job—the rest of his colleagues are just idiots. Annoyingly, there's been a murder and Bruce's boss wants results. No problem for Bruce. He's in control, and when he solves the case andDetective Sergeant Bruce Robertson (James McAvoy) wants a promotion. He is clearly the best man for the job—the rest of his colleagues are just idiots. Annoyingly, there's been a murder and Bruce's boss wants results. No problem for Bruce. He's in control, and when he solves the case and wins the promotion, his wife will return to him. No problem, right? Expand
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 24
  2. Negative: 3 out of 24
  1. Reviewed by: Richard Corliss
    May 30, 2014
    80
    This one starts at the level of lunacy and keeps on escalating. Next to Filth, "Trainspotting" looks as sedate as "The Polar Express."
  2. Reviewed by: Damon Wise
    Sep 30, 2013
    80
    A bulked-up James McAvoy dominates the screen in this razor-sharp Glasgow smile of a black comedy, packed with aberrant sex, hard drugs and maximum David Soul.
  3. Reviewed by: Peter Travers
    May 29, 2014
    75
    Even when the film falls to pieces, McAvoy's bonkers brilliance will blow you away.
  4. Reviewed by: Bill Goodykoontz
    Jun 5, 2014
    60
    Taking the bad-cop genre to the extreme, Filth lives up to its title and then some, but a no-holds performance by James McAvoy is reason enough to watch.
  5. Reviewed by: Bilge Ebiri
    May 31, 2014
    50
    Watching the movie is at once electrifying and maddening.
  6. Reviewed by: Stephen Holden
    May 29, 2014
    40
    After a certain point, watching it is like listening to the ravings of an increasingly incoherent and abusive drunk.
  7. Reviewed by: David Ehrlich
    May 28, 2014
    16
    Like all of the very worst dark comedies, Jon S. Baird’s insipid and self-satisfied Filth isn’t content to merely tap into viewers’ most odious desires. It also insist that it’s revealing them.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 13
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 13
  3. Negative: 2 out of 13
  1. May 30, 2014
    10
    Excellent film, amazing, that's the word. James McAvoy is in an excellent performance in this movie. Incredible, i don't have more words toExcellent film, amazing, that's the word. James McAvoy is in an excellent performance in this movie. Incredible, i don't have more words to say. You have to see this. Expand
  2. May 30, 2014
    10
    This film was amazing.This film shows us a real state of our world.All:corrupt cops,good actors,great plot make this film as good as itThis film was amazing.This film shows us a real state of our world.All:corrupt cops,good actors,great plot make this film as good as it can.The best film in 2013 Expand
  3. Oct 22, 2014
    9
    This was exactly as i hoped another adaption of an Irvine Welsh novel would be after thoroughly enjoying both Trainspotting (film) and EcstasyThis was exactly as i hoped another adaption of an Irvine Welsh novel would be after thoroughly enjoying both Trainspotting (film) and Ecstasy (book). Although it began quite averagely with some obvious humour and contained a bit too much sexual content for my partner, the film gets better and better as it goes on as does the portrayal by McAvoy. By the end it is clear that this was yet another excellent adaption. Expand
  4. Jun 5, 2014
    8
    Filth is a film which attracted me only by its trailer. I knew neither the book, nor what told the history. Well the film proved to be anFilth is a film which attracted me only by its trailer. I knew neither the book, nor what told the history. Well the film proved to be an excellent surprise. Especially with the enormousacting of James McAvoy, quite simply monstrous. It is able to render comprehensible to us all these changes of emotions and its lifestyle He is the foolest of the film and start a radical descent into hell, but the character gives us a certain empathy. Besides the excellent acting of McAvoy, the realization is worthy. The director manages to carry us in this tale for adults. Besides that, the film proposes a successful original soundtrack, a Clint Mansell inspired. A very large surprise thus, which will charm all those which like the crazy universes and… Scotland!!! Expand
  5. Oct 4, 2014
    8
    Fantastic movie.Just watch it...........................Fantastic movie.Just watch it........................... ................................................................................................ Expand
  6. Aug 17, 2014
    8
    James McAvoy is outstanding here..Its a coarse vulgar and difficult to comprehend. An odd plot in the trainspotting mode. Its adapted from anJames McAvoy is outstanding here..Its a coarse vulgar and difficult to comprehend. An odd plot in the trainspotting mode. Its adapted from an Irvine Welsh book. Hes a bit of an odd fish to be sure. Not for the faint hearted but definitely worth a go. Expand
  7. May 13, 2015
    0
    The film is toxic, you can not relate to the protagonist. This move takes the "buddy cop genre" to the extreme! It lives up to the titleThe film is toxic, you can not relate to the protagonist. This move takes the "buddy cop genre" to the extreme! It lives up to the title ("Filth"), James McAvoy's performance is off the wall. James McAvoy's performance is over the top and crazy. Jon S. Baird's script is ecstasy and the story turns on you, you know McAvoy's character but you don't know his other side. The film is sort of a mystery, the script tells the other side of Bruce Robertson's story. It's hard to like McAvoy's character when he bashing gays, cutting down his rivals, including by-the-book Drummond (Imogen Poots) and rookie Lennox (Jamie Bell), while trying to retain his tenuous hold on reality. It's a sick crime drama, it's nothing that's you seen before. I think the raunchiness is not wickedly clever but I enjoyed Robertson's dramatic side. Grade C+ Expand

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