Trance Synopsis
A fine-art auctioneer joins forces with a hypnotherapist to retrieve a stolen painting.
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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...
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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...
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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...
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Trance really belongs to Dawson and Cassel. When Dawson's Elizabeth steps onto the scene, you may be instantly convinced — without the aid...
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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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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...
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USA Today

By Claudia Puig
The visionary filmmaker's psychological thriller weaves a too-complicated tapestry.
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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...
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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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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,...
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I heard you liked Inception, so I put some Inception in your Inception...

By MedRed
While not perfect, Trance is one of the few high concept movies in recent years that translates well to the big screen. Most stretch too thin when made into full fledged movies and are best left as...

Disappointing violent drivel

By SFmichael
Very disappointed in mr Boyles Trance after so many great movies. Technically proficient but unoriginal, typical Hollywood drivel. Very violent, no likeable characters, just not that interesting....

Like being in a dream....

By Dezlovesmovies
This movie was interesting from start to finish. It was like watching someone else's dreams most of the time. There were also a few twists to the story I was not expecting. A very cool movie and...

Mind-blowing Psycho Sexual Thriller

By hobbes3
Don't look too closely, just enjoy the ride. The 3rd act isn't quite as strong as the two leading up to it, which will keep you on your toes, but that doesn't make the whole any less enjoyable in the...

This is an INCREDIBLE Movie to Experience

By stabnik
TRANCE was an unbelievably spectacular experience. The acting of the 3 main characters - James McAvoy, Rosario Dawson, Vincent Cassel - was intensely brilliant. The visual effects and the way it was...


By mmoo9154
Let me start by saying: Rosario Dawson... OMFG!!!! Honest. Worth the price of admission alone. Now, that I've calmed down a bit... I liked Trance, but I thought it was a bit of a lost...

A competent movie...

By lehall
but one you will forget (pun intended). Acting was excellent and the plot twisted but one could follow it for the most part. Still, like many of these journeymen movies, it didn't leave you feeling...

Story doesn't hold up

By fonetik
Pacing was very odd for this film. Dreadfully slow then skipped ahead in the real timeline (not the trance scenes). Character progressions were disjointed at best and unbelievable....


By Peneflix
Terrific acting informs this convoluted conundrum of flashbacks revolving around the theft of a Francisco Goya (1746-1828) painting (“Witches in the Air”); which is where the audience hovers between...

Nelly: In the Trance

By Nully
Although Rosario Dawson has appeared in many movies, none have produced such a captivating, mesmerising performance as she gave in Trance. She is worth the price of admission alone. Trance should...

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Rated R | For Language, Graphic Nudity, Sexual Content, Some Grisly Images and Violence
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says Mind-bending thriller is excessive and violent but artful.
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