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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 dilemmaThree 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. 100
    This, the debut feature from acclaimed TV director Danny Boyle, is the best British thriller for years, a chilling and claustrophobic heart-stopper centring on a moral dilemma destined to fuel many a dinner party conversation.
  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 is a fairly accomplished first feature -perky, visually inventive, and unusually nast
  4. Danny Boyle's glittering, deadpan, nihilistic little thriller.
  5. There's something in Shallow Grave that is admirable, beyond its obvious display of youthful talent. [24 Feb 1995]
  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. Director Danny Boyle and screenwriter John Hodge (who is a physician!) keep the action spurting forward, but their approach is oblique. We seem to be catching the odds and ends of scenes; it's as if the filmmakers wanted to make a movie in which all the expected high points were skimped.

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  1. Positive: 4 out of 5
  2. Negative: 0 out of 5
  1. Apr 30, 2011
    10
    A slick, clever, well shot thriller. Almost everything about this film works, and works well. Danny Boyle, trés bien! The greatA 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
    10
    Shallow Grave is a very well shot and acted movie from British director Danny Boyle. The cast is great
    with Ewen Mcgregor from Trainspotting.
    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.
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  3. Mar 27, 2014
    7
    First serious movie by Danny Boyle. The actors are good, though the story is mostly predictable. The overall feel is like in other UKFirst 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
  4. BKM
    May 16, 2013
    6
    It's nothing that hasn't been seen before. Friends are torn apart by greed after their flatmate dies and leaves a mysterious suitcase ofIt'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
  5. 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 DannyThis 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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