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Critic Reviews for Filth
Filth is ghastly and unpleasant, but also kind of brilliant, and therein lies both the reward and the rub.
To its detriment, Filth too often pulls its punches, and if you're striving for pitch black, that is most definitely a cardinal sin.
"Filth" lives up to its title and then some, but a no-holds performance by James McAvoy is reason enough to watch.
Credit the filmmakers with descending persuasively into the swampy squalor of a diseased mind. If you're in the mood to go there with them, Filth offers an indecently bracing wallow.
I'm not sure I can recommend the movie, but this actor and this performance are something to behold.
Audience Reviews for Filth
James McAvoy's outstanding performance is what lifts this always intriguing dark comedy above its minor flaws - mainly the discrepancy in tone that starts to become more and more evident as the character sinks further into a too serious state of psychosis.
Take a visit to scenic Scotland where a chance at promotion at the local police department leads to one character's descent, leap, into frenzied psychosis as he deliberately sabotages his colleagues. All of the personalities are somehow twisted here but James McAvoy lends his all towards Jim Carrey-like over-the-top twist and thus a performance hard to not watch. Like a visit to a public toilet you will need to struggle to leave without getting much of the aptly named filth on you.
A balls-out, twisted and brilliant piece of madness and energy. A superbly crafted piece of work headlining the best performance of James McAvoy's career. McAvoy's brilliance has no bounds in this film, he is a true movie star that can attack any role he wishes with dedication and strength. A no-holds-barred performance. Filth lives up to its name with vulgarity, sex, violence, lots of drugs and a fantastic soundtrack filled with great songs. It's an acid trip into one man's addictions, and self-destruction. A massively entertaining, grotesque and wickedly hilarious dark comedy. One of the best, grittiest, smartest and darkest comedies to come from Scotland in some time. A tremendously compelling and surreal mind-jogger. It tightens a noose around your heart and mind. Its Trainspotting meets Bad Lieutenant. An insane piece of fun. Director, Jon S. Baird crafts a blisteringly great movie that takes no prisoners. A fiercely funny, sizzling and unforgettable movie. A mind-shattering masterpiece. It's filled with surprises and brutal twist and turns. This movie is profoundly and absurdly glorious.