Universal acclaim - based on 27 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 25 out of 27
  2. Negative: 0 out of 27
  1. 88
    There's nothing new or unique about the story, but it is presented in a manner that reinforces its immediacy and impact.
  2. It would be hard to imagine a movie about drugs, depravity, and all-around bad behavior more electrifying than Trainspotting.
  3. Exuberant and pitiless, profane yet eloquent, flush with the ability to create laughter out of unspeakable situations, Trainspotting is a drop-dead look at a dead-end lifestyle that has all the strength of its considerable contradictions.
  4. The on-target performances, along with the unceasing barrage of popular music and daring narrative gambles, combine to make Trainspotting one of the grand movie rushes of 1996.
  5. Heroin may be a downer, but Trainspotting definitely takes you up…a series of roaring, provocative, outrageous highs. [26 July 1996, Friday, p.C]
  6. A little like speeding through the digestive tract of some voracious beast. There's bite, acid, digestive churning and an expulsive conclusion. If the metaphor seems unsavoury, well, wait until you see the film.
  7. Reviewed by: Mike Clark
    A movie that rudely flings feces at the breakfast table isn't for everyone.
  8. Reviewed by: Richard Corliss
    The film is about joy--in conniving and surviving, in connecting with audiences, in its own fizzy, jizzy style.
  9. Reviewed by: Derek Elley
    Scabrous, brutal and hip, Trainspotting is a "Clockwork Orange" for the '90s.
  10. 100
    The most original, daring, thrilling movie to be released this year, Trainspotting is one of those occasional, astonishing triumphs of risk and imagination that gets you excited about what smart people, pushing themselves and the medium, can accomplish in the movies.
  11. 87
    It's a disturbing film in the best sense.
  12. Reviewed by: Barry Walters
    Extraordinary, entertaining cinema.
  13. Reviewed by: Shannon Gee
    Keeps you engaged in this story of a memorable anti-hero for our times.
  14. Reviewed by: Michael Wood
    A desolate, fast, funny, scary film, and it takes more risks than any recent film.
  15. Reviewed by: Jason Puskar
    Irresistibly bleak appeal.
User Score

Universal acclaim- based on 175 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 36 out of 39
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 39
  3. Negative: 3 out of 39
  1. MichaelL.
    Mar 4, 2008
    A visceral and involving masterpiece of a movie. Every scene is pitch-perfect and you won't take your eyes off the screen until the credits roll. Well, unless you made the mistake of turning away as Renton dives headlong into a filthy, cloggged toilet, only to temporarily emerge in an underwater fantasy world. Takes the excellent source novel and narrows and tightens it in just the right ways for the screen. Full Review »
  2. Aug 14, 2010
    This is a great movie. You will be shocked, and you won't want to turn away. Possibly one of the only English movies ever that might need subtitles. Superb beginning and ending. Full Review »
  3. Aug 10, 2014
    Pretty cool and stylish movie with some awkwardly stupid moments. It's all about addiction. Sometimes the movie is disgusting and disturbing, sometimes it is funny. The cast and filming are really nice. Full Review »