Generally favorable reviews - based on 20 Critics What's this?

User Score

Universal acclaim- based on 35 Ratings

Your Score
0 out of 10
Rate this:
  • 10
  • 9
  • 8
  • 7
  • 6
  • 5
  • 4
  • 3
  • 2
  • 1
  • 0
  • 0
  • Starring: , ,
  • 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
Score distribution:
  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.
  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.

See all 20 Critic Reviews

Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 18
  2. Negative: 0 out of 18
  1. Sep 7, 2014
    Shallow Grave is a masterpiece of suspense with an eerie atmosphere and first rate directing.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Sep 10, 2014
    Shallow Grave is a phenomenal thriller with excellent twists and a great screenplay.
  5. Sep 18, 2014
    Shallow Grave is a movie that most people probably haven't heard of.

    If you're a fan of Danny Boyle you've seen it.

    This thriller has
    fabulous acting and a plot that is Hitchock-esque.

    If you love unpredictable, tense thrillers this movie will astound you.
  6. 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
  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

See all 18 User Reviews