Filth

Metascore
56

Mixed or average reviews - based on 24 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 24
  2. Negative: 3 out of 24

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Critic Reviews

  1. 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.
  2. Reviewed by: Joe Neumaier
    May 29, 2014
    60
    Director Jon S. Baird lets Welsh’s language fill up the room, even when it’s a wee bit hard to fathom.
  3. Reviewed by: Andrew Lapin
    Apr 28, 2014
    60
    Filth is bolstered by a gonzo performance from McAvoy, who seems determined to out-Bad Lieutenant the American Bad Lieutenants.
  4. Reviewed by: Bilge Ebiri
    May 31, 2014
    50
    Watching the movie is at once electrifying and maddening.
  5. Reviewed by: Robert Abele
    May 29, 2014
    50
    The best you can say about the over-the-top Filth is that it's a brisk wallow, with enough elbow room to marvel at McAvoy's sinkhole aria of a performance.
  6. Reviewed by: Josh Kupecki
    Jun 4, 2014
    40
    Filth seeks to eventually gain your sympathies, tricking you to care about a character who’s just dragged you through the gutter of human depravity for the last 90 minutes, only to offer up an absolution that, while attempting to be dark and edgy, is just flat and unconvincing.
  7. 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.
  8. Reviewed by: Abby Garnett
    May 27, 2014
    40
    A self-aware psychopath is a tough character to humanize, especially when he's mired in a stylized jumble of comedy and tragedy.
  9. Reviewed by: Peter Bradshaw
    Oct 5, 2013
    40
    For the first half-hour it's got a full-on horrible energy, but there isn't enough humour for it to qualify as comedy, and not enough reality or plausible characterisation to justify calling it any sort of procedural noir.
User Score
4.9

Mixed or average reviews- based on 105 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 15
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 15
  3. Negative: 2 out of 15
  1. 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. Full Review »
  2. 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!!! Full Review »
  3. 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. Full Review »