Danny Boyle's explosive 1996 film tracks the misadventures of young men (played by a cast that includes Ewan MacGregor, Robert Carlyle and Jon Lee Miller) trying to find their way out of joblessness, aimless relationships and drug addiction. Some are successful, while others are hopelessly not. Based on Irvine Walsh's novel, Trainspotting melds grit with poetry, resulting in a film of harsh truths and stunning grace.
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THE experience of watching Trainspotting -- the electric, nasty and slick descent into the milieu of young Scottish junkies -- is a little like speeding through the digestive tract of some voracious beast.
Liam Lacey, Globe and Mail  full review
Trainspotting is a singular sensation, a visionary knockout spiked with insight, wild invention and outrageous wit.
Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
Exuberant and pitiless, profane yet eloquent, flush with the ability to create laughter out of unspeakable situations, "Trainspotting" is a drop-dead look at a dead-end lifestyle that has all the strength of its considerable contradictions.
Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times  full review
It would be pushing it to call Trainspotting a serious work of art or a major statement about anything, but as an edgy, artful piece of entertainment it beats any Hollywood release of the summer by miles.
Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader  full review
This isn't an examination of the Scottish drug culture from the outside looking in, it's one from the inside looking out.
James Berardinelli, ReelViews  full review
Hip, brutally honest and humane...
Charles Taylor,  full review
The movie has been attacked as pro-drug and defended as anti-drug, but actually it is simply pragmatic. It knows that addiction leads to an unmanageable, exhausting, intensely uncomfortable daily routine, and it knows that only two things make it bearable
Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times  full review
For better or worse, sometimes strictly for the sake of shock value, the stylish irreverence of "Trainspotting" mimics that drug high and delivers its own potent kick.
Janet Maslin, New York Times  full review
This is not dour social realism. It's a shot- from-a-cannon youth movie, with likable young people sticking needles in their arms in working-class Edinburgh.
Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle  full review
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