100

Chicago Tribune

By Michael Wilmington
Heroin may be a downer, but Trainspotting definitely takes you up…a series of roaring, provocative, outrageous highs. [26 July 1996, Friday, p.C]
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100

San Francisco Examiner

Extraordinary, entertaining cinema.
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100

Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
It would be hard to imagine a movie about drugs, depravity, and all-around bad behavior more electrifying than Trainspotting.
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88

USA Today

By Mike Clark
A movie that rudely flings feces at the breakfast table isn't for everyone.
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88

The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

By Liam Lacey
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.
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88

ReelViews

By James Berardinelli
There's nothing new or unique about the story, but it is presented in a manner that reinforces its immediacy and impact.
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87

Mr. Showbiz

By F. X. Feeney
It's a disturbing film in the best sense.
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75

Baltimore Sun

By Ann Hornaday
Isn't a noble story, or even a cautionary one: It just feels pretty painfully real.
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75

San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
Darkly comic tone of heroin-addiction film sets it apart
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75

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
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).
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83 out of 100
Universal acclaim
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