American Psycho Reviews

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Jeffrey M. Anderson
Common Sense Media
April 29, 2014

A bloody, gruesome black comedy that's not for kids.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/5

March 28, 2011

A brave adaptation of a bracing book.

Lisa Alspector
Chicago Reader
Top Critic
March 28, 2011

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.

Desson Thomson
Washington Post
Top Critic
March 28, 2011

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?

David Edelstein
Top Critic
March 28, 2011

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?

Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
Top Critic
March 28, 2011

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

Emanuel Levy
November 20, 2010

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

Full Review | Original Score: C+
Nick Rogers
September 25, 2010

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.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
John A. Nesbit
Old School Reviews
September 11, 2010

much like the 80's era that it personifies

Full Review | Original Score: B
Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review
August 7, 2008

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

Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Kevin McCarthy
BDK Reviews
August 2, 2008

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.

| Original Score: 4.5/5
Dennis Harvey
Top Critic
May 30, 2008

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

David Ansen
Top Critic
March 31, 2008

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

Rob Gonsalves
July 23, 2007

One can picture Kubrick handling this material with a similar elegant malevolence.

Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Joe Lozito
Big Picture Big Sound
July 14, 2007

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

Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
May 26, 2006

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

Time Out
Top Critic
February 9, 2006

The film makes wonderfully unsettling entertainment; crucially -- and gloriously -- Bale nails Bateman with a sublimely dead-eyed and deadpan performance.

Staci Layne Wilson
June 24, 2005

Mary Harron and Christian Bale create an almost magical balance between the tragic and comic elements of this story.

Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews
April 9, 2005

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.

Full Review | Original Score: B+
Peter Rainer
New York Magazine/Vulture
Top Critic
August 7, 2004

Clearly, Harron is sold on the Bateman-as-metaphor bit, and, like Ellis, she overconceptualizes everything.

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