Trainspotting Synopsis
The life of a heroin addict (Ewan McGregor) in Edinburgh, Scotland.
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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,...
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100

San Francisco Examiner

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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...
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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...
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Rated R | For Sex, Nudity, Graphic Heroin Use, Some Violence and Strong Language
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says Pause for kids 16 & under Graphic look into heroin addiction. Not for kids.
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