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American Psycho (2000)



Average Rating: 6.2/10
Reviews Counted: 141
Fresh: 94 | Rotten: 47

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.


Average Rating: 5.7/10
Critic Reviews: 38
Fresh: 22 | Rotten: 16

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.



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Bret Easton Ellis's dark and violent satire of America in the 1980s is brought to the screen in this unsettling drama with blackly comic overtones. Patrick Bateman (Christian Bale), the son of a wealthy Wall Street financier, is pursuing his own lucrative career with his father's firm. Bateman is the prototypical yuppie, obsessed with success, fashion, and style. He is also a serial killer who murders, rapes, and mutilates both strangers and acquaintances without provocation or reason. Donald


Drama, Horror, Mystery & Suspense, Comedy

Mary Harron, Guinevere Turner

Sep 5, 2000

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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.

March 28, 2011 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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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?

March 28, 2011 Full Review Source: Washington Post | Comments (13)
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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?

March 28, 2011 Full Review Source: Slate
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It needs to be seen and appreciated, like a serpent in a glass cage.

March 28, 2011 Full Review Source: TIME Magazine
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Harron's Psycho reps an impressive reclaiming of dubious material.

May 30, 2008 Full Review Source: Variety
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Conceptually, this savage cartoon ends up as trapped in surfaces as its shallow antihero: it's all dressed up with nowhere to go.

March 31, 2008 Full Review Source: Newsweek
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A brave adaptation of a bracing book.

March 28, 2011 Full Review Source: Film4

The movie is elegantly shot, but based on what's on screen, it's hard to tell what motivated Mary Harron to direct this emotionally vapid feature

November 20, 2010 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com

Mary Harron asks what's more unnerving - exaggerated, imagined violence or vacuous realities some wish to be real, psychosis as much in the construct as the character. Thus, "Psycho's" savagery goes beyond a simple screed against 1980s excess and greed.

September 25, 2010 Full Review Source:

much like the 80's era that it personifies

September 11, 2010 Full Review Source: Old School Reviews | Comments (2)

Harron' s incisive eye and Bale' s bravura performance carry the day.

August 7, 2008 Full Review Source: Sacramento News & Review
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American Pyscho is one of those films that makes you laugh uncomfortably throughout and you just walk away feeling disgusted. The flick is definitely an underrated masterpiece.

August 2, 2008 | Comments (9)
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One can picture Kubrick handling this material with a similar elegant malevolence.

July 23, 2007 Full Review Source: | Comments (2)

The real shame about Psycho is that there are glimmers of the very smart satire that could've been.

July 14, 2007 Full Review Source: Big Picture Big Sound
Big Picture Big Sound

It's a highly entertaining movie with enough edgy humor to prickle our senses.

May 26, 2006 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
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Mary Harron and Christian Bale create an almost magical balance between the tragic and comic elements of this story.

June 24, 2005 Full Review Source:

Production designer Gideon Ponte gives a terrific look to the film, with a hard, ultramodern design that lends sterility to Patrick's personal killing field.

April 9, 2005 Full Review Source: Reeling Reviews
Reeling Reviews

Despite a game performance from Christian Bale, American Psycho never quite achieves lift-off.

August 1, 2003 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
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Horrible, but good. Had not seen this one in years. Had almost forgotten Reese Witherspoon had a small role and Chloe sevigney.
July 13, 2013

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    1. Patrick Bateman: Do you like Huey Lewis and the News?
    – Submitted by Ankur B (2 months ago)
    1. Patrick Bateman: I'm Patrick Bateman.
    – Submitted by Nick R (4 months ago)
    1. Patrick Bateman: Look at that subtle off-white coloring. The tasteful thickness of it. Oh, my God. It even has a watermark.
    – Submitted by Sam F (9 months ago)
    1. Patrick Bateman: I'm just a happy camper! Rockin' and a-rollin'!
    – Submitted by Sam F (9 months ago)
    1. Patrick Bateman: Hamilton, have a holly-jolly Christmas.
    – Submitted by Sam F (9 months ago)
    1. Patrick Bateman: Hi, this is Paul Allen. I'm being called away to London for a few days. Meredith, I'll call you when I get back. Hasta la vista, baby.
    – Submitted by Sam F (9 months ago)
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