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  1. Feb 9, 2013
    10
    This is the best movie. Awesome soundtrack, brilliant script, and excellent acting. Both funny and totally messed up. Arguably the best performances of all the actors in their first rolls. Cannot say that I have seen a better motion picture, it's truly Danny Boyle at his finest
  2. Oct 6, 2011
    9
    One of the only films that works just at hard to disgust you as it does to entertain you. Even if you wanted to take your eyes off the screen, you can't. Every scene is fantastically written, acted, and shot. Don't miss this film.
  3. Sep 17, 2013
    9
    A darkly funny and fast-paced style of filming has the underbelly of a drug story involving a group of friends as they combat drug addiction, sexual partners and tragic circumstances of drug-induced decisions. We follow Renton (Ewan McGregor), a young Scottish lad who is on and off heroin with his group of friends, he narrates throughout the film as he struggles to find meaning other thanA darkly funny and fast-paced style of filming has the underbelly of a drug story involving a group of friends as they combat drug addiction, sexual partners and tragic circumstances of drug-induced decisions. We follow Renton (Ewan McGregor), a young Scottish lad who is on and off heroin with his group of friends, he narrates throughout the film as he struggles to find meaning other than drugs, we are introduced to his friends, equally lacking ambition, including Sick Boy (Jonny Lee Miller), Tommy (Kevin McKidd) and Begbie (Robert Carlyle), Renton seems to come with the attitude that he is surrounded by idiots and simpletons, not necessarily the case, but he certainly surrounded by unique individuals indeed, they all have regular lives yet are drawn together by having a group 'hit' on regular occasions, here the film chronicles the type of routine and obstacles that an addict may face, whether its finding a job, trying to get clean or taking on selling the product they put into their bodies, it deals with friendship, love and also what is holding such emotional attachments together, is it real or is it drugs that keep friends being friends in the film? We are offered different insights into the question, while we also have a witty and humorous film from start to finish, McGregor plays an unsure and immature young person who goes with the flow, McKidd is driven to a life of drugs after a relationship breakdown while Begbie is maniacal and hot-headed individual a long history and a short temper, with Carlyle delivering a very broad Scottish accent to heighten is highly unpredictable character.
    The real arc of 'Trainspotting' is someone who isn't getting into the world of drug dabbling, but someone who is in it and is trying to get out of it, this is particularly intriguing for the fact that he is a young man who seems to hold some sort of intelligence but can't kick his habit. The various highlights of the film are easily the performances along with the edgy and in-depth directing of Danny Boyle, easily one of his finest films and more so one of the best British films to appear, it explores and invites controversy at every turn but manages to make the characters relatable and often thoughtful about their actions, giving the viewer more reason to be involved. Danny Boyle knows how to make each character equally as important as the last, Trainspotting does this in funny, tragic, emotional and inventive ways.
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  4. Mar 20, 2012
    9
    Despite being one of the most vile movies I've ever watched, Trainspotting is also one of the most charming. While only about 90 minutes, the film feels much faster. It's broken up into vignettes, which give it a brisk, almost manic narrative style. The cast is also fantastic, with Ewan Macgregor and Robert Carlyle being my favorites. The soundtrack is predictably excellent. NotDespite being one of the most vile movies I've ever watched, Trainspotting is also one of the most charming. While only about 90 minutes, the film feels much faster. It's broken up into vignettes, which give it a brisk, almost manic narrative style. The cast is also fantastic, with Ewan Macgregor and Robert Carlyle being my favorites. The soundtrack is predictably excellent. Not recommended for the squeamish, but it's worth a look regardless. Negatives include the generally absent plot and lack of focus, but those are only minor annoyances. Expand
  5. Apr 11, 2013
    10
    The best british film i've ever seen and should be shown to all teenagers as an anti-drug film. Brilliantly filmed and acted, this showed to true potential of Danny Boyle.
  6. Aug 21, 2013
    9
    Trainspotting is directed by Danny Boyle who has made quite a few notable films during his directing career (28 Days Later, Slumdog Millionaire, 127 Hours), and this is one of his best. This shows a very good and realistic take on drug addiction. Some of the scenes when Renton (Ewan McGregor) is on the drugs is just bizarre. Ewan McGregor contributes a fantastic job to his role as do mostTrainspotting is directed by Danny Boyle who has made quite a few notable films during his directing career (28 Days Later, Slumdog Millionaire, 127 Hours), and this is one of his best. This shows a very good and realistic take on drug addiction. Some of the scenes when Renton (Ewan McGregor) is on the drugs is just bizarre. Ewan McGregor contributes a fantastic job to his role as do most of the cast present here. Soundtrack is worth of praise as well. Unique movie that delivers. Expand
  7. Dec 6, 2013
    9
    aaaah! super duper funny! i prefer the book, as every time. but this movie look soooo good. this is one of the various reasons cause i'm a ungrammatical spaceship....
  8. MichaelL.
    Mar 4, 2008
    10
    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 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. Collapse
  9. May 28, 2012
    10
    With the extraordinarily talented Danny Boyle at the helm, unflinchingly honest social commentary, a great cast and a fantastically funny script by regular Boyle collaborator John Hodge, Trainspotting, adapted from Irvine Welsh's iconic Scottish novel is a true masterpiece of British filmmaking. Following the turbulent and troubled lives of a group of young Scottish heroin addicts, theWith the extraordinarily talented Danny Boyle at the helm, unflinchingly honest social commentary, a great cast and a fantastically funny script by regular Boyle collaborator John Hodge, Trainspotting, adapted from Irvine Welsh's iconic Scottish novel is a true masterpiece of British filmmaking. Following the turbulent and troubled lives of a group of young Scottish heroin addicts, the film takes a sympathetic view of the problem of drug addiction - rather than chastising them for the situation they find themselves in, it is sympathetic to the addicts' struggle and the vicious circle that traps them and slowly destroys their lives. It's among the most poignant and dramatically effective films discussing drug addiction, and Boyle is extremely adept at getting under the skin of his characters and showing what really makes them tick. The characters are an entertaining group of misfits, of particular note is central protagonist and narrator Renton (Ewan McGregor), a young man with aspirations of stability, and of happiness in his life, but who is utterly unable to survive without "one more hit", the violent and psychotic Begbie (Robert Carlyle), who refuses to take heroin but makes up for not doing drugs by "doing people" instead, and the childlike Spud (Ewan Bremner), the innocent fool of the group, and the most vulnerable to peer pressure. The cast make the very most of John Hodge's script, which channels the spirit of Irvine Welsh in a glorious explosion of heavily Scottish-accented sweary magnificence. As with many of Boyle's films, Trainspotting is a balancing act of light and shade. You'll have tears of mirth rolling down your cheeks one moment, when Renton is forced to make an emergency visit to "the worst toilet in Scotland", and you'll be devastated at the utterly tragic loss experienced by the characters a few scenes later. The film really does take you on an emotional rollercoaster - its a journey of highs and lows, and you can really feel for everything, both good and bad, that the characters go through. The film's nightmarish, appropriately trippy visuals (particularly in Renton's "cold turkey" montage), a memorable rock and dance-tinged soundtrack and Boyle's undeniable ability to maintaining the story's momentum and manic energy seals Trainspotting's position as a striking, emotional and affecting viewing experience. It's far more than a film about drug addiction - Trainspotting is about life, death and finding your place in the world. It's also, quite unexpectedly, one of the all-time great feelgood movies, and if you don't take anything else from the film, then take its unabashedly positive moral to heart, and "choose life". Expand
  10. Aug 14, 2010
    10
    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.
  11. LuiggiR.
    Feb 16, 2007
    10
    Truly an epic film. The soudtrack itself was amazing. All characters were well developed and interesting. A real out of the body experience.
  12. DaleC.
    Apr 3, 2001
    10
    What a wild ride! The soundtrack is enormous. Absolutely not-to-be-missed.
  13. NorthFreedomFighter
    Apr 7, 2005
    9
    Well paced, well told, a great insight on how not to live life. Quite the adventure, but for a real mind-opener, read the book first. Brilliant all around.
  14. VivekM.
    Mar 2, 2003
    10
    Quite fascinating for anyone between 16-24, cause of the parallels you could draw from it. Forget the drugs, this movie makes an important social and political statement.
  15. BazK.
    May 21, 2003
    10
    Best british film ever made.
  16. Uter
    Sep 7, 2003
    9
    It's a very hip and fast paced film. But the dvd extras leave a lot to be desired. There's almost nothing. It's still one of the better dvds I own though.
  17. ChaninderB.
    Apr 10, 2004
    10
    This movie is amazing from beginning to end.
  18. JoseB.
    Aug 4, 2005
    10
    The Citizen Kane of drug films. Need I say more?
  19. SergioG.
    Jul 6, 2002
    10
    The best film ever made.
  20. JonasD.
    Dec 17, 2003
    10
    Simply, one of the best movies I've seen after the godfather en pulp fiction. I see some people don't like this film.They should read the book, it contains the same as the movie but without all the sex and drugs.Then they will know what the movie is about. Not about sex. Not about drugs. Just read the book and you'll understand.
  21. Celine
    Jun 28, 2003
    10
    My favorite. U MUST SEE IT. Ewan Mcgregor shines! Very colorful film making.
  22. GooglewhackR.
    Apr 16, 2004
    10
    Disemboweled beetroots, at least you connected to trainspotting in an obscure way!
  23. Gilbert
    Nov 13, 2002
    10
    It does belong on the Universal Acclaim list, because it has been acclaimed more or less universally. Duh. And with good reason.
  24. SeanM.
    Nov 12, 2003
    10
    I like this movie and I think it will be a classic someday if it isn't already. The acting is superb, its depiction of drug addiction and human dependence is excellent, and it is a lot better than Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit. Huh Huh get it , back in the Habit.
  25. AkhilK
    Aug 24, 2005
    9
    An absolute blast! McGregor is at his best here and dare i say - in his element? Pun aside, Trainspotting is as funny as it is scary. The nightmare scene itself would give anyone a chill before using the vile drug. It's a tad bit on the boring side at times, but at its best (which is 99% of the time) the film deserves the acclaim it has received.
  26. jimm.
    Dec 29, 2006
    10
    Such a great movie for so many different reasons.
  27. AlexS.
    Mar 16, 2007
    9
    It dealt with even the most difficult subjects in a humoristic fashion.
Metascore
83

Universal acclaim - based on 27 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 25 out of 27
  2. Negative: 0 out of 27
  1. Reviewed by: John Hartl
    80
    Ewan McGregor in a raw, funny, star-making performance.
  2. 87
    It's a disturbing film in the best sense.
  3. 75
    It uses a colorful vocabulary, it contains a lot of energy, it elevates its miserable heroes to the status of icons (in their own eyes, that is).