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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
  2. Negative: 0 out of 20
  1. In his big-screen directing debut, British film maker Danny Boyle demonstrates wit, intelligence and economy of style.
  2. Reviewed by: Derek Elley
    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
    Smart and unsentimental as it is, Shallow Grave is more than a little forbidding.
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    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: 7 out of 8
  2. Negative: 0 out of 8
  1. Apr 30, 2011
    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
  2. Jul 14, 2014
    Shallow Grave is a very well shot and acted movie from British director Danny Boyle. The cast is great
    with Ewen Mcgregor from Trainspotting.
    The plot is very clever and the movie has a nice Hitchcockian
    feel to it. The story is unpredictable and it will become one of your favourite movies.
  3. Jun 26, 2014
    Shallow Grave is a brilliant thriller from Danny Boyle. The movie is very exciting and a work of genius ! The movie focuses on three roommates who face a dilemma when they accept a new roommate into their apartment and they are put in harm's way. Check this movie out, it is among Boyle's best work to date ! Expand
  4. Aug 29, 2014
    Shallow Grave is a classic thriller by british filmmaker Danny Boyle. The movie has an ingenious plot
    and the visuals are original and
    exciting. Shallow Grave was the best thriller in 1995 and the movie is
    among my favourite movies, it is flawless.
  5. Mar 27, 2014
    First serious movie by Danny Boyle. The actors are good, though the story is mostly predictable. The overall feel is like in other UK criminal-related movies. It was interesting to see the famous director's first full-length movie, but it was not as good as I expected. Expand
  6. BKM
    May 16, 2013
    It's nothing that hasn't been seen before. Friends are torn apart by greed after their flatmate dies and leaves a mysterious suitcase of money behind. What makes this film worth checking out is Danny Boyle's darkly comic approach to the material and Ewan McGregor's devilishly fun performance. Expand
  7. Apr 29, 2013
    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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