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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 and wins the promotion, his wife will return to him. No problem, right? Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 24
  2. Negative: 3 out of 24
  1. Reviewed by: Richard Corliss
    May 30, 2014
    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
    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
    Even when the film falls to pieces, McAvoy's bonkers brilliance will blow you away.
  4. Reviewed by: Bill Goodykoontz
    Jun 5, 2014
    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
    Watching the movie is at once electrifying and maddening.
  6. Reviewed by: Stephen Holden
    May 29, 2014
    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
    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: 7 out of 8
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 8
  3. Negative: 1 out of 8
  1. May 30, 2014
    Excellent 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
    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 it can.The best film in 2013 Expand
  3. Jul 4, 2014
    Do not let the uptight middle of the road critics reviews fool you. James Mcavoy unleashes a wide array of emotional armament upon you in an unrelenting, fast paced extremely well written Film. It sets it's sights on the tender center we all share and blasts right through it. I was so taken back by the performance that this movie skyrocketed up my Favorite lists and nestled itself right behind "Trainspotting" and that placement is well deserved. It's a film that you not only want the Villian to win but flourish. What..a..ride! Expand
  4. Jun 5, 2014
    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 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. Aug 17, 2014
    James 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
  6. Aug 16, 2014
    This film is all about James McAvoy's top notch performance. Even when you don't understand what the characters are saying McAvoy's presence makes you not care. B+ Expand
  7. Aug 11, 2014
    Desperately trying to be outrageous, it's nothing more that a string of piss-poor third-rate gags delivered in a consistently hysterical over-the-top manner. Strictly for those who find puking, farting, wanking and saying "cock" hilarious in itself. Expand

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