• Released
  • April 5, 2013
  • R , 1 hr 41 min
  • Suspense/Thriller
  • 276 Fan Ratings
88

New York Post

By Kyle Smith
This exhilarating brain-twister is a nonstop visual, aural and intellectual delight, steeped in movie conventions and yet fizzing with freshness. It’s what happens when film noir goes out to a rave.
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80

New York Daily News

By Joe Neumaier
A frisky, feisty heist flick with brains and charisma, the movie may make a few errors, but they’re forgotten in the blink of an eye thanks to all the twists, turns and close shaves.
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75

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
Dawson digs deep and nails every nuance, making the dizzying suspense resonate with raw emotion. She is, in a word, electrifying. Even when the wheels come off the too-busy plot, so is the movie.
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75

NPR

Trance really belongs to Dawson and Cassel. When Dawson's Elizabeth steps onto the scene, you may be instantly convinced — without the aid of hypnosis, even — that she's surely the most effective hypnotist on the planet.
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70

Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
I floated in and out of states that included suspense, surprise, delight and shock, all of them adding up to steady-state enjoyment.
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63

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Carrie Rickey
Because Trance is principally about the thrill of the ride rather than the inner lives of the riders, it lacks that outlaw humanism specific to Boyle films such as "Trainspotting," "Slumdog Millionaire," and "Millions." In other words, it's an ingeniously built automaton, sexy as hell, and devoid of a heart.
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63

USA Today

By Claudia Puig
The visionary filmmaker's psychological thriller weaves a too-complicated tapestry.
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50

The Hollywood Reporter

By Todd McCarthy
Danny Boyle has great and plainly evident fun adding twists and curves and tunnels and endless style to his modern London noir Trance, but he makes so many left turns that the film turns in on itself rather than going anywhere.
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50

Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
With Trance, story becomes just another element in Boyle’s commercial pop-Cubism, and the results are nearly fatal.
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33

Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
I love a good mind-bender, but it's getting more common these days to see thrillers that don't so much bend your mind as chop it, smash it, and place it in the Cuisinart. Trance, the new film directed by Danny Boyle is a high-brainiac art-world thriller that wants to do nothing more (or less) than give your head a majorly pleasurable spin.
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61 out of 100
Generally favorable reviews
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