American Psycho (2000)



Critic Consensus: If it falls short of the deadly satire of Bret Easton Ellis's novel, American Psycho still finds its own blend of horror and humor, thanks in part to a fittingly creepy performance by Christian Bale.

Movie Info

Patrick Bateman is young, white, beautiful, ivy leagued, and indistinguishable from his Wall Street colleagues. Shielded by conformity, privilege, and wealth, Bateman is also the ultimate serial killer, roaming freely and fearlessly. His murderous impulses are fueled by zealous materialism and piercing envy when he discovers someone else has acquired more than he has. After a colleague presents a business card superior in ink and paper to his, Bateman's blood thirst sharpens, and he steps up his … More

Rating: R (for strong violence, sexuality, drug use and language)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Mystery & Suspense, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Mary Harron, Guinevere Turner
In Theaters:
On DVD: Sep 5, 2000
Lions Gate Films - Official Site


as Patrick Bateman

as Det. Donald Kimball

as Paul Allen

as Craig McDermott

as Courtney Rawlinson

as Evelyn Williams

as Luis Carruthers

as David Van Patten

as Christie

as Timothy Bryce

as David Van Patten

as Elizabeth

as Harold Carnes

as Homeless Man
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Critic Reviews for American Psycho

All Critics (144) | Top Critics (38)

The slick satire cleverly equates materialism, narcissism, misogyny, and classism with homicide, but you may laugh so loud at the protagonist that you won't be able to hear yourself laughing with him.

Full Review… | March 28, 2011
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

It's hard to summon up enthusiasm for a performance so rooted in bloody banality. I mean, as Patrick, Bale's most emotionally pressing dilemma is: Chainsaw or butcher knife?

Full Review… | March 28, 2011
Washington Post
Top Critic

American Psycho is nearly perfect for what it is, but before we go on, we should ask what that actually amounts to. Can something with so rigid a thesis be a real work of art?

Full Review… | March 28, 2011
Top Critic

It needs to be seen and appreciated, like a serpent in a glass cage.

Full Review… | March 28, 2011
TIME Magazine
Top Critic

Harron's Psycho reps an impressive reclaiming of dubious material.

Full Review… | May 30, 2008
Top Critic

Conceptually, this savage cartoon ends up as trapped in surfaces as its shallow antihero: it's all dressed up with nowhere to go.

Full Review… | March 31, 2008
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for American Psycho

I rewatched this for the first time in a long time . . . and I have to say WOW. Christian Bale is just crazy good in this film.

John Manard

Super Reviewer

It's all soooo predictable. Sunday. Monday. Tuesday. Yada, yada, yada. Everything. Even what people say. Especially what people say. The banality of the very height of civilization creeps through you, becomes you, how can one NOT feel ... worthless? Maniacal?
Great fun look at modern obsessions. Loved it.

Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer


Christian Bale couldn't have possibly been more perfect as the narcissistic and deranged yuppie Patrick Bateman in this hilariously sharp commentary on American individualism that will make you laugh real hard at (not with) him and feel disgusted in the same measure.

Carlos Magalh„es

Super Reviewer

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