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American Psycho Reviews

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Film4

A brave adaptation of a bracing book.

Full Review Source: Film4

March 28, 2011
Lisa Alspector
Chicago Reader
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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.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

March 28, 2011
Desson Thomson
Washington Post
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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?

Full Review Source: Washington Post

March 28, 2011
David Edelstein
Slate
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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?

Full Review Source: Slate

March 28, 2011
Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
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It needs to be seen and appreciated, like a serpent in a glass cage.

Full Review Source: TIME Magazine

March 28, 2011
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com

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 Source: EmanuelLevy.Com | Original Score: C+

November 20, 2010
Nick Rogers
Suite101.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.

Full Review Source: Suite101.com | Original Score: 4/4

September 25, 2010
John A. Nesbit
Old School Reviews

much like the 80's era that it personifies

Full Review Source: Old School Reviews | Original Score: B

September 11, 2010
Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review

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

Full Review Source: Sacramento News & Review | Original Score: 3/5

August 7, 2008
Kevin McCarthy
BDK Reviews

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

August 2, 2008
Dennis Harvey
Variety
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Harron's Psycho reps an impressive reclaiming of dubious material.

Full Review Source: Variety

May 30, 2008
David Ansen
Newsweek
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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.

Full Review Source: Newsweek

March 31, 2008
Rob Gonsalves
eFilmCritic.com

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

Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com | Original Score: 5/5

July 23, 2007
Joe Lozito
Big Picture Big Sound

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

Full Review Source: Big Picture Big Sound | Original Score: 1.5/4

July 14, 2007
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

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

Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid

May 26, 2006

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

Full Review Source: Time Out

February 9, 2006
Staci Layne Wilson
Horror.com

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

Full Review Source: Horror.com

June 24, 2005
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews

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 Source: Reeling Reviews | Original Score: B+

April 9, 2005
Peter Rainer
New York Magazine
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Clearly, Harron is sold on the Bateman-as-metaphor bit, and, like Ellis, she overconceptualizes everything.

Full Review Source: New York Magazine

August 7, 2004
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews

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

Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews | Original Score: 1.5/4

August 1, 2003
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