Trainspotting

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 25 out of 27
  2. Negative: 0 out of 27
  1. It would be hard to imagine a movie about drugs, depravity, and all-around bad behavior more electrifying than Trainspotting.
  2. Reviewed by: Barry Walters
    100
    Extraordinary, entertaining cinema.
  3. Reviewed by: Jason Puskar
    90
    Irresistibly bleak appeal.
  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: Arnold Wayne Jones
    80
    Creates a sense of understanding that crystallizes the essence of the drug subculture with startling clarity.
  6. The story, such as it is, follows Renton's inconsistent attempts to kick his habit.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 37 out of 42
  2. Negative: 4 out of 42
  1. 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.
  2. 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 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
  3. Feb 9, 2013
    10
    This is the best movie. Awesome soundtrack, brilliant script, and excellent acting. Both funny and totally messed up. Arguably the bestThis 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
  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, theDespite 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. Dec 21, 2013
    8
    Trainspotting is a film about five young miscreants and their drug-induced, illegal, and overall frowned-upon shenanigans in Edinburgh,Trainspotting is a film about five young miscreants and their drug-induced, illegal, and overall frowned-upon shenanigans in Edinburgh, Scotland. The main character of the film is a good-hearted guy named Mark Renton, who wants to clean his life up and become a good person, However, this task is incredibly difficult due to the unchangeable nature of so-called mates. Sick Boy seems to just to terrible things just to get a thrill out of it, Spud does them because he's unintelligent and cannot emerge from his addiction, and Begbie does it because he's a violent psychopath wrecking anything that gets in his way. The movie doesn't explain too much about each character, but their inhumane actions mostly define them so they never feel underdeveloped. The plot also supplies a lot with a little, because it's essentially just a guy's life. Even though the movie is very good, it's certainly not for everyone. This film is the modern-day version of "A Clockwork Orange", as their are multiple "gross-out" moments that are meant to make you cringe. There's sex (underage and homosexual), nudity, teenage angst, ultra-violence, drug use, toilet plunging, and the death of a baby. Trainspotting not only has excellent cinematography, but an equally great if not better soundtrack. The songs used in the film are often times giving off polar opposite vibes then what you're viewing, which is a technique I'm personally a big fan of. Pacing is never an issue in this film. There are no points where I was bored are waiting for something to happen next. The writing is very strong, and the ridiculous Scottish accents enhance the delivery of each f-word that much more enjoyable. Acting is also very strong. Ewan McGregor leads a cast of very talented Scottish actors, each with great range and commitment. Overall this movie is a cautionary tale showcasing horrors of doing drugs and having an addiction, and probably would be received better if the content within the film was more universally enjoyable. Expand
  6. Nov 2, 2010
    8
    This movie will talk to many people because some of us can relate, we all have our addictions maybe some are less dangerous than others butThis movie will talk to many people because some of us can relate, we all have our addictions maybe some are less dangerous than others but that feeling of being trapped and trying to escape is something many of us can relate to. The best part of this movie is the cast and the excellent job they do. 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,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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