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Reviews: Trance (2013)

tranceReviews for this film from our members:

  • Marco Albanese @ Stanze di Cinema [Italian]
    • Excerpt: Danny Boyle continua a confermarsi regista discontinuo e umorale, capace di alternare film di ruffiana perfezione drammatica ad altri assai più deboli. Confuso e velleitario.
  • [New – 4/3/14] | Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Cafe Texan
    • Excerpt: Trance is a well-crafted film that might be a bit convoluted, even illogical if one thinks too hard on it. However, the film has enough energy and twists to keep the viewer interested, if a bit puzzled by how it all fits together.
  • Jason Bailey @ Flavorwire
    • Excerpt: It’s trashy fun, to a point, but what’s most intriguing about stacking Boyle and Soderbergh’s films up against each other is how they succeed and fail in very nearly the same fashion: compelling setup, terrific vibe, lousy payoff.
  • Joshua Brunsting @ The CriterionCast
  • Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat @ SpiritualityandPractice.com
    • Excerpt: A mesmerizing movie that is a heist flick; a psychological thriller about loss of memory and the powers of hypnotism; and a provocative parable about human desire, greed, sexuality, paranoia, and betrayal.
  • Daniel Carlson @ Pajiba
  • Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: McAvoy has our sympathies at the start, but he hasn’t invested his character with any tells that might explain things we learn as things shift. When they do, it’s like a switch has been flipped and all that’s left is the dupe.
  • Tony Dayoub @ Cinema Viewfinder
    • Excerpt: …with TRANCE, [Boyle] squanders a clever little noir premise in service of perhaps the stupidest erotic MacGuffin I’ve ever seen.
  • Carlos del Río @ El rincón de Carlos del Río [Spanish]
    • Excerpt: Trance es un thriller que quiere sorprender constantemente al espectador, y lo único que consigue es darle aburrimiento y tomarle el pelo de mala manera.
  • Mark Dujsik @ Mark Reviews Movies
    • Excerpt: There are plenty of levels … to this tale of a hesitant art thief hindered by amnesia and aided by hypnosis; there are at least two levels too many.
  • Dustin Freeley @ Movies About Gladiators.com
    • Excerpt: Danny Boyle’s new film plays like Inception at a rave.
  • Susan Granger @ www.susangranger.com
    • Excerpt: Trippy, intriguing, enigmatic – a surreal, cleverly ambiguous brain-teaser that will keep you thinking long after the lights go up.
  • Ali Gray @ TheShiznit.co.uk
  • MaryAnn Johanson @ FlickFilosopher.com
    • Excerpt: Deliciously preposterous, with misdirections and red herrings scattered about like enigmatic confetti…
  • Danny King @ The Film Stage
    • Excerpt: [A] nasty, cutthroat genre exercise that subverts our desires as vigorously as it discovers them.
  • Benjamin Kramer @ The Voracious Filmgoer
  • Josh Larsen @ LarsenOnFilm.com
    • Excerpt: …most enjoyable for the way each of the three leads offers a twist on classic noir archetypes.
  • Glenn Lovell @ CinemaDope.com
    • Excerpt: … a flashy time-killer, a hodgepodge of trompe l’oeil ruses that add up to your standard noir mystery, only tricked-out in the latest in digital effects.
  • Piers Marchant @ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
  • Brent McKnight @ Beyond Hollywood
    • Excerpt: After a strong start, TRANCE falls apart.
  • Ryan McNeil @ The Matinee
    • Excerpt: For the first time, Danny Boyle disappoints.
  • Simon Miraudo @ Quickflix
  • Darren Mooney @ the m0vie blog
    • Excerpt: Boyle’s got style, I’ll give him that.
  • R. Kurt Osenlund @ Slant Magazine
  • Jason Pirodsky @ Expats.cz
    • Excerpt: In a hypnosis-themed film where we’re never entirely if what we’re watching is actually occurring or just unfolding in a character’s mind, we expect the unexpected. But we hope for something sensible.
  • Jamie S. Rich @ DVD Talk
    • Excerpt: Danny Boyle, ladies and gentlemen, fresh from tossing the Queen of England out of a helicopter for the Olympics, has now tossed Rosario Dawson’s modesty into the same deep ocean where he hopes the rest of us have buried our intelligence. But then, that’s just one of many contrivances that forms the skeleton of Trance, which is less a movie and more a series of stacked convolutions and non-sequiturs, building to a big reveal that actually unveils very little.
  • Marcio Sallem @ Em Cartaz [Portuguese]
  • Tom Santilli @ Examiner.com
    • Excerpt: In the art world, Trance is what you would refer to as a fugaze.” It wants to be art, but instead of achieving a point-of-view it instead relies on over-the top visuals and tired, “is-this-a-dream-or-reality,” nonsensical trickery.”
  • Gregory J. Smalley @ 366 Weird Movies
    • Excerpt: Emerging from “Trance,” you feel like you’ve been to see a middle-of-the-road Vegas magician; you were entertained while the show was on, sure, but you’re already forgetting the tricks on the ride home.
  • Frank Swietek @ One Guys Opinion
    • Excerpt: By the close you’re likely to be exhausted by the effort to keep things straight and angry that you bothered to try.
  • Jean-François Vandeuren @ Panorama-cinema.com [French]
Updated: July 13, 2015 — 3:32 pm

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