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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 25 out of 27
  2. Negative: 0 out of 27
  1. Heroin may be a downer, but Trainspotting definitely takes you up…a series of roaring, provocative, outrageous highs. [26 July 1996, Friday, p.C]
  2. 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.
  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. 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.
  5. Reviewed by: John Hartl
    80
    Ewan McGregor in a raw, funny, star-making performance.
  6. Reviewed by: John Leland
    80
    Artfully ambivalent, Danny Boyle's film, twists with a junkie's logic. It does not preach; it wallows in the pain and, more daringly, in the pleasure.
  7. A new voyeurism has arisen in the last two decades or so, and Trainspotting caters to it--an addiction to addiction-watching. [August 19, 1996]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 37 out of 40
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 40
  3. Negative: 3 out of 40
  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 Expand
  2. Jun 28, 2014
    10
    Trainspotting is a hilarious and realistic drama from Danny Boyle. The movie revolves around four friends in Scotland who are drug addicts. The movie explores the highs and lows of drug abuse and is an anti-drug movie. The acting is phenomenal and the movie has a unique style with narration. The narration always works in movies. The movie ends on a positive note because the main character turns a new leaf. He vows to go straight and live the life that he always desired. Trainspotting is a modern day classic that will leave a lasting impression on anyone who sees it. One of the smartest, funniest and honest movies I've seen. Expand
  3. 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. Expand
  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. 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. Aug 10, 2014
    8
    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. Expand
  6. Jan 8, 2014
    8
    Trainspotting is hard to watch, raw, and in your face, in the best way. The movie is so true to the life of heroin addicts and how they "function" in society (or as Renton says, he doesn't actually live in a society). This is one of Ewan McGregor's best performances, and one of Danny Boyle's best movies. Expand
  7. May 4, 2014
    1
    This film presents a great reason why rehab is the thing to do. You go there, pour your feelings out, listen to what the doctors tell you, take the things you need to get healthier, leave there, and try to forget that you ever saw this movie. Expand

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