A fine art auctioneer mixed up with a gang joins forces with a hypnotherapist to recover a lost painting. As boundaries between desire, reality and hypnotic suggestion begin to blur the stakes rise faster than anyone could have anticipated.









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Release date: Apr 5, 2013
MPAA rating: Rated R for sexual content, graphic nudity, violence, some grisly images, and language
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Runtime: 1 hr. 41 min.
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  • 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. more

  • 83
    indieWIRE - by Eric Kohn
    Boyle's filmmaking style has a marvelous rhythm that weaves pop sensibilities into fluid and persistently exciting narrative experiences; he shakes these ingredients like colored sand in a jar, leading a fascinating degree of discombobulation. more

  • 80
    Empire - by Kim Newman
    Though it rings ever so slightly hollow as cool shades into callousness, this exercise in sexy suspense and brain-scrambling mystery is a dazzling, absorbing entertainment which shows off Danny Boyle’s mastery of complex storytelling and black, black humour. more

  • 80
    Total Film - by Matt Glasby
    Sprinting to the edge of preposterousness and back, this deliriously entertaining day-glo noir of fried brains and blown fuses denotes a director at the top of his game. more

  • 75
    NPR - by Stephanie Zacharek
    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. more

  • 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. more

  • 75
    The A.V. Club - by Tasha Robinson
    Narratively, Trance is questionable, but Boyle and Hodges whisk past all the unlikely developments with enough verve and style to keep audiences from thinking too hard until after they’ve left the theater. more

  • 75
    Movie Nation - by Roger Moore
    For all its plot trickery, mind science and relationship square dancing, Trance doesn’t have the emotional tug or technical pizzaz of Boyle’s best films – “Slumdog Millionaire,” “Trainspotting” or “127 Hours.” more

  • 75
    Slant Magazine - by
    The film draws out Danny Boyle's less dazzling commercial side, not to mention his penchant for whirling excess. more

  • 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. more

  • 70
    New York Magazine (Vulture) - by David Edelstein
    To like Trance as much as I did, you have to revel in the senseless showmanship — in watching Boyle indulge his taste for cinematic flight, in this case teasing you with the old “Is this real or a dream?” number so artfully that you don’t care that much about the answer. more

  • 70
    Variety - by Peter Debruge
    A trippy variation on the dream-within-a-dream movie, Boyle’s return-to-form crimer constantly challenges what audiences think they know, but neglects to establish why they should care. more

  • 67
    Christian Science Monitor - by Peter Rainer
    Boyle loads his movie with so many snazzy effects that we lose sight of what it all means – if anything. His showoffiness confuses. more

  • 63
    USA Today - by Claudia Puig
    The visionary filmmaker's psychological thriller weaves a too-complicated tapestry. more

  • 63
    ReelViews - by James Berardinelli
    The movie is never boring or uninteresting, but I viewed it from a detached perspective, unable to become involved because I didn't really care about any of the three main characters. more

  • 50
    The New Yorker - by Anthony Lane
    Boyle is genial, eager, and prolific, and his effusion has ignited films like "Trainspotting" and "Slumdog Millionaire," yet for every blaze that excites us there has been another that burns itself out without leaving a mark, let alone a scar, on our emotions. So it is with Trance. [8 April 2013, p.88] ...

  • 50
    Village Voice - by Zachary Wigon
    Trance packs many reveals, and the guessing game of who's who and what's what continues throughout. But with its terribly campy setup (hypnotherapy and gangsters? One's inner child and murderous showdowns?), Trance could have gotten some mileage out of comedy more

  • 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. more

  • 40
    Los Angeles Times - by Kenneth Turan
    It starts out like a house afire, but by the time it's over we're the ones feeling burned. A slick heist tale with more twists than sense, this is one movie that ends up outsmarting itself. more

  • 40
    Time Out New York - by Joshua Rothkopf
    The film plays like something Boyle could kick out in his sleep, all his supercool devices listlessly deployed in service of a mediocre wet dream. more

  • 40
    The Guardian - by Peter Bradshaw
    Trance is a disappointment: a strident, chaotic, frantically overcooked film with an almost deafeningly intrusive ambient soundtrack. There is some embarrassing, eyeball-swivelling acting from the male leads, and the elegance of the film's premise is quite obliterated by its crude and misjudged violence. more

  • 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. more

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