Metascore
58

Mixed or average reviews - based on 9 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 9
  2. Negative: 0 out of 9
  1. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    70
    A powerful anti-war film.
  2. The acting, by a large cast of little-known young Brits chewing on South London accents like dog bones, is uniformly splendiferous.
  3. Reviewed by: David Rooney
    70
    Soberly and intelligently examines the fear, frustration, anxiety, animosity and boredom of waiting to advance into the terrifying other world that lies over the lip of the trenches.
  4. By the time they're ready to leave their trench, we're not at all ready to see them go.
  5. 60
    Boyd would be smart to add a little sound and fury next time around. War is hell, after all.
  6. What lifts The Trench above the run of the mill is the intensity of its disgust.
  7. The acting is solid, but Tony Pierce-Roberts's unimaginative camera work falls short of his highest standard.
  8. There isn't a line you haven't heard or a stock character you haven't encountered before.
  9. 50
    Boyd brings no new insights to this drama of men in a confined space, a situation that's been the basis for many powerful war films.

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