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  • Summary: Three roommates believe they've found the perfect fourth person to share their home. But almost immediately after moving in they find him dead in his bedroom from a massive drug overdose. Even stranger, they find a suitcase full of money under his bed. They are faced with the moral dilemma of whether to call the police and turn in the cash or dispose of the body and keep the money for themselves. They decide to keep the money, but then find themselves consumed with violent paranoia toward each other. (MGM) Expand
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  1. Positive: 13 out of 20
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  1. In his big-screen directing debut, British film maker Danny Boyle demonstrates wit, intelligence and economy of style.
  2. Reviewed by: Derek Elley
    90
    Shallow Grave, a tar-black comedy that zings along on a wave of visual and scripting inventiveness.
  3. This clever thriller has the juiced-up, hyperactive feel of a rock video. [07 Mar 1995]
  4. Danny Boyle's glittering, deadpan, nihilistic little thriller.
  5. Reviewed by: Scott Rosenberg
    63
    Smart and unsentimental as it is, Shallow Grave is more than a little forbidding.
  6. 58
    McGregor is a real charmer, a young Malcolm McDowell with a Scottish lilt; Brain Tufano's photography manages to be both rich and stark at once; Hodge's script has some genuinely arch lines. [03 Mar 1995]
  7. This pitch-black comedy is less lurid than its title, but director Danny Boyle ultimately fritters away his psychologically rich story in a horror-flick finale.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 14
  2. Negative: 0 out of 14
  1. Sep 12, 2014
    10
    Shallow Grave is a Hitchcockian thriller with a great screenplay and non-stop thrills until the end.
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  2. Sep 12, 2014
    10
    Shallow Grave is a thriller that has high intensity and many twists that you can't foresee coming.
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  3. Jul 14, 2014
    10
    Shallow Grave is a taut, intense thriller directed by Danny Boyle. The movie involves three roommates who
    have a dilemma. They decide to go
    one way but it isn't the right way. They put themselves in peril and
    the rest of the movie explores how they are going to remain safe, A+.
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  4. Apr 30, 2011
    10
    A slick, clever, well shot thriller. Almost everything about this film works, and works well. Danny Boyle, trés bien! The great sweeping shot that reveals just who was the quickest, is pure genius. Just great Expand
  5. Sep 7, 2014
    10
    Shallow Grave is a masterpiece of suspense with an eerie atmosphere and first rate directing.
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  6. Sep 7, 2014
    10
    Shallow Grave is an intriguing thriller that will delight, surprise and impress you.
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  7. Apr 29, 2013
    5
    This movie goes on and on and on, and even if it is funny or very entertained sometimes, it just wasn't that good. Also is one of Danny Boyle's worst and i wanted more of this, a lot more of this Expand

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