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A bipolar bigoted junkie cop, manipulates and hallucinates his way through the festive season in a bid to secure promotion and win back his wife and daughter.

Actors: Ron Donachie , Shirley Henderson , Kate Dickie , Jim Broadbent , Emun Elliott , Eddie Marsan , Joanne Froggatt , Jamie Bell , Imogen Poots , James McAvoy
Directors: Jon S. Baird
Release: 2014-04-24
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  • Richard Corliss

    This one starts at the level of lunacy and keeps on escalating. Next to Filth, "Trainspotting" looks as sedate as "The Polar Express."

    Time Full Review
  • Robbie Collin

    I loved every minute of Filth, and couldn’t have stomached another second of it.

    The Telegraph Full Review
  • Dave Calhoun

    This punky adaptation of Irvine Welsh’s novel Filth is a glossary of grimness, a dictionary of darkness. But it also dishes up humour that’s blacker than a winter’s night in the Highlands and unpolished anarchy that’s true to Welsh’s out-there, frighteningly frank prose.

    Time Out London Full Review
  • Damon Wise

    A bulked-up James McAvoy dominates the screen in this razor-sharp Glasgow smile of a black comedy, packed with aberrant sex, hard drugs and maximum David Soul.

    Empire Full Review
  • James Mottram

    With McAvoy acting as if his life depends on it, Filth is the Irvine Welsh film we’ve been waiting years for. Tastier than a deep-fried Mars Bar.

    Total Film Full Review
  • Stephen Dalton

    Baird can be forgiven for a handful of careless and ham-fisted touches. Filth is still a hugely entertaining breath of foul air fueled by McAvoy’s impressively ugly star performance.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Peter Travers

    Even when the film falls to pieces, McAvoy's bonkers brilliance will blow you away.

    Rolling Stone Full Review
  • Kyle Smith

    Writer-director Jon S. Baird has devilish fun with the hilarious black-comic elements of Irvine Welsh’s novel, but the incessant bad behavior does get a wee bit monotonous, and the twist ending is disappointingly pat.

    New York Post Full Review
  • Roger Moore

    James McAvoy wallows in it in his new film, Filth. He embraces the sexual depravity, the drug and alcohol abuse, the bullying, vile language, racism and rank sexism of being a Scottish cop on the loose.

    McClatchy-Tribune News Service Full Review
  • Guy Lodge

    Powered by a vigorous, image-shedding lead turn from James McAvoy as a coked-up Edinburgh detective on the fast track to either promotion or self-implosion, this descent into Scotch-marinated madness begins as ugly comedy, segues almost imperceptibly into farcical tragedy, and inevitably — perhaps intentionally — loses control in the process.

    Variety Full Review
  • Jessica Kiang

    When it comes to capturing some of the gonzo, amoral, substance-fueled verve that Welsh’s novels can display, Filth can take the silver medal with its head held relatively high.

    The Playlist Full Review
  • Nick Prigge

    Ultimately, the film is too nihilistic to believe its protagonist can be saved, declaring him a lost soul and satisfied to let him suffer.

    Slant Magazine Full Review
  • Bill Goodykoontz

    Taking the bad-cop genre to the extreme, Filth lives up to its title and then some, but a no-holds performance by James McAvoy is reason enough to watch.

    Arizona Republic Full Review
  • Joe Neumaier

    Director Jon S. Baird lets Welsh’s language fill up the room, even when it’s a wee bit hard to fathom.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • Andrew Lapin

    Filth is bolstered by a gonzo performance from McAvoy, who seems determined to out-Bad Lieutenant the American Bad Lieutenants.

    The Dissolve Full Review
  • Bilge Ebiri

    Watching the movie is at once electrifying and maddening.

    New York Magazine (Vulture) Full Review
  • Robert Abele

    The best you can say about the over-the-top Filth is that it's a brisk wallow, with enough elbow room to marvel at McAvoy's sinkhole aria of a performance.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Josh Kupecki

    Filth seeks to eventually gain your sympathies, tricking you to care about a character who’s just dragged you through the gutter of human depravity for the last 90 minutes, only to offer up an absolution that, while attempting to be dark and edgy, is just flat and unconvincing.

    Austin Chronicle Full Review
  • Stephen Holden

    After a certain point, watching it is like listening to the ravings of an increasingly incoherent and abusive drunk.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Abby Garnett

    A self-aware psychopath is a tough character to humanize, especially when he's mired in a stylized jumble of comedy and tragedy.

    Village Voice Full Review
  • Peter Bradshaw

    For the first half-hour it's got a full-on horrible energy, but there isn't enough humour for it to qualify as comedy, and not enough reality or plausible characterisation to justify calling it any sort of procedural noir.

    The Guardian Full Review
  • John Semley

    Stylistically, Baird seems keen to position Filth as a spiritual sequel to "Trainspotting."

    The Globe and Mail (Toronto) Full Review
  • Glenn Kenny

    Rather than a how-sweet-to-be-a-lout story that turns semi-cautionary, Filth attempts to depict genuine madness. Full Review
  • David Ehrlich

    Like all of the very worst dark comedies, Jon S. Baird’s insipid and self-satisfied Filth isn’t content to merely tap into viewers’ most odious desires. It also insist that it’s revealing them.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
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