Box art for Trainspotting - Collector's Edition

Trainspotting - Collector's Edition


From the director of SLUMDOG MILLIONAIREthe motion picture sensation that wowed critics and audiences nationwide, TRAINSPOTTING delivers a wild mix of rebellious action and wicked humor!

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

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common sense

PAUSE for kids age 16
0 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
5 out of 5
5 out of 5
Positive messages
0 out of 5
5 out of 5
5 out of 5

Graphic look into heroin addiction. Not for kids.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that this movie is, at its core, the story of a group of friends held together largely by their shared addiction to heroin. Much time is spent simply on presenting sounds and images meant to simulate either the euphoria of heroin highs or the wretchedness of heroin withdrawal. Violence is also present in their behavior of the friends, including fistfights and fights with blunt instruments and broken glass, which often have no motivation and can get quite bloody. The dialogue is almost wall-to-wall obscenities, although the Scottish tongue is often hard for Americans to understand. A baby dies due to the neglect of his heroin-addicted mother. Sex is discussed and displayed openly.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about what gives this movie cult film status. Do you think it sensationalizes drug addiction or gives an accurate picture? How well does the film balance the euphoric visions of heroin highs with the low moments of addicts being driven to steal, hurt others, etc.? The narrator seems to present himself as in control of his actions, but is he really? Is his final betrayal of his friends warranted? Do we feel that he has truly changed his ways at the close of the film?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

Top Critic Reviews

Fresh: Hip, brutally honest and humane...

- Charles Taylor,, Saturday, January 1, 2000

Rotten: Full of repugnant junkies so unpleasant that I was hoping they'd all OD just so I could escape this torture test.

- Chuck O'Leary, Fantastica Daily, Thursday, June 24, 2010


- David Ansen, Newsweek, Monday, March 31, 2008

Audience Reviews

5 stars

A true sensation that`s awesome, brilliant, electrifying, stylish, hilarious and outstanding. A great and absolutely original triumph. A flat out insane experience. An endlessly enjoyable and unforgettable movie. It packs on amazing power, humor and terrific performances by it's cast. An electrifying film. Director, Danny Boyle has crafted a dazzling film classic that is something of a special masterpiece. A wickedly funny, terrifically compelling and superbly entertaining film. An excellent piece of work that's hip and brutally honest. It has a great soundtrack that has seductive groove all on it`s own.

- allan913, Thursday, January 10, 2013

4 stars

Danny Boyle's sophomore bout 'Trainspotting' is a superbly well made film a brisk pace, great performances, and a fully engaging plot. Full of comedy and pathos, 'Trainspotting' is a equal parts satisfying and poignant.

- fb100001048934982, Saturday, April 13, 2013

3 stars

This feels less of a masterful piece of filmmaking and more of a reminder of the affects of drug use, which in that case the film is a complete triumph. The editing techniques and the way everything is shot is amazing on every level, but the story is simple when it's broken down and it's not very complex in it's characters, but they are developed to the 9's as far as a 90 minute picture can go. I really enjoyed watching what was going to happen to these characters, who would stay bad and if anyone would fix their problems. There are some very terrifying hallucination sequences that will leave you quivering for hours if you really break the scenes down in your head, and for that, it's brilliant. I don't think it's on the level everyone thinks it is, but "Trainspotting" is a solid film about the affects of drug use and the trust of others.

- fb733768972, Monday, August 19, 2013