Shallow Grave

Metascore
67

Generally favorable reviews - based on 20 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 20
  2. Negative: 0 out of 20

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Critic Reviews

  1. Boyle, MacDonald, and Hodge honed this wonderful coupling of music, visuals, and clever words, as well as a strange affection for toy babies, in their first film.
  2. Boston Globe
    Reviewed by: Jay Carr
    75
    Black comedy and film noir are around one another smartly and wickedly in Danny Boyle's Shallow Grave, a tense, twisty Scottish-made thriller that's going to break out of Glasgow in a big way. [24 Feb 1995]
  3. This is a fairly accomplished first feature -perky, visually inventive, and unusually nast
  4. Chicago Tribune
    Reviewed by: Michael Wilmington
    63
    There's something in Shallow Grave that is admirable, beyond its obvious display of youthful talent. [24 Feb 1995]
  5. 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.
  6. Danny Boyle's glittering, deadpan, nihilistic little thriller.
  7. 75
    Taken as a whole, Shallow Grave is a reasonably enjoyable (for those captivated by this sort of thing) black comedy/noir thriller that justifies at least a portion of the praise being heaped upon it from overseas.
  8. In his big-screen directing debut, British film maker Danny Boyle demonstrates wit, intelligence and economy of style.
  9. Smart and unsentimental as it is, Shallow Grave is more than a little forbidding.
  10. The Globe and Mail (Toronto)
    Reviewed by: Rick Groen
    75
    Just sit back, plug in, and enjoy the shocks - so adroitly administered, so sweetly sensational. [24 Feb 1995]
  11. 88
    Danny Boyle's effective psychological thriller.
  12. Reviewed by: Derek Elley
    90
    Shallow Grave, a tar-black comedy that zings along on a wave of visual and scripting inventiveness.
  13. Wall Street Journal
    Reviewed by: Julie Salamon
    80
    This clever thriller has the juiced-up, hyperactive feel of a rock video. [07 Mar 1995]
User Score
8.9

Universal acclaim- based on 107 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 6
  2. Negative: 0 out of 6
  1. 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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  2. 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 Full Review »
  3. 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. Full Review »