American Psycho Reviews

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Lisa Alspector
Chicago Reader
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.
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
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?
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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?
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Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
March 28, 2011
It needs to be seen and appreciated, like a serpent in a glass cage.
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Dennis Harvey
Variety
May 30, 2008
Harron's Psycho reps an impressive reclaiming of dubious material.
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David Ansen
Newsweek
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.
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Time Out
February 9, 2006
The film makes wonderfully unsettling entertainment; crucially -- and gloriously -- Bale nails Bateman with a sublimely dead-eyed and deadpan performance.
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Peter Rainer
New York Magazine/Vulture
August 7, 2004
Clearly, Harron is sold on the Bateman-as-metaphor bit, and, like Ellis, she overconceptualizes everything.
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Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
October 29, 2002
At once a sharp satire and an earnest study in the deadly consequences of moral vacancy.
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Edward Guthmann
San Francisco Chronicle
June 18, 2002
Funny-one-minute, horrifying-the-next film.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
March 19, 2002
A well-crafted yet essentially innocuous period piece.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
May 10, 2001
An uneven movie that nonetheless bristles with stinging wit and exerts a perverse fascination.
| Original Score: 4.5/5
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Steve Murray
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
March 21, 2001
A visually chilly but often very funny satire of American greed and conspicuous consumption.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
January 1, 2000
It represents one of the most daring, inventive, and invigorating movies to reach the screen during the dreary first half of 2000.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
January 1, 2000
Toothless and empty.
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Steven Rosen
Denver Post
January 1, 2000
Entertaining and amusing.
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
January 1, 2000
The movie has the feverish intensity of a bad dream, leavened with a subversive sense of humor that is both sophisticated and cracked.
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J. Hoberman
Village Voice
January 1, 2000
As the antihero himself sneers at the bloody finale, 'This confession has meant nothing.' It's a form of poetic justice that American Psycho would be impaled on its own point.
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Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News
January 1, 2000
Wickedly funny when it bares its fangs.
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Louis B. Parks
Houston Chronicle
January 1, 2000
The movie is not comedy, but it is joyously mean and evil, somewhat in the tone of Blue Velvet.
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Glenn Lovell
San Jose Mercury News
January 1, 2000
Much of American Psycho feels like déjà vu.
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Mike Clark
USA Today
January 1, 2000
Period piece or not, Psycho further extends the current screen cycle devoted to professional male malaise Office Space, Fight Club, American Beauty.
| Original Score: 3/4
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John Hartl
Seattle Times
January 1, 2000
Just doesn't make the case that this book was worth filming.
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Tom Long
Detroit News
January 1, 2000
Well-filmed, well-acted and certainly riveting, American Psycho nonetheless is a movie without heart about a man without heart.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
January 1, 2000
By no means a crowd pleaser, but it uses intelligent satire to make a pungent statement about the shallowness of modern society.
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
January 1, 2000
Stillborn, pointless piece of work.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Bob Fenster
Arizona Republic
January 1, 2000
A lot less scary!
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January 1, 2000
American Psycho is seamless in its inability to engage emotionally, message or no message.
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Jonathan Foreman
New York Post
January 1, 2000
A misfiring black comedy.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
Christian Bale is heroic in the way he allows the character to leap joyfully into despicability; there is no instinct for self-preservation here, and that is one mark of a good actor.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Peter Brunette
Film.com
January 1, 2000
Harron's adaptation of Ellis's novel is brilliant, probably better than the book itself.
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Jay Carr
Boston Globe
January 1, 2000
The book seems a case of the prurient condemning the prurient. It's cynical junk masquerading as social comment. The film is, finally, only a slicker packaging of it.
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Michael Atkinson
Mr. Showbiz
January 1, 2000
The film's details are spot-on, its tone ludicrously ironic.
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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
January 1, 2000
Although I've heard both the film and the book described as dark satire, not much here resembles wit.
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
January 1, 2000
Funny, pungent, and weirdly gripping.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
January 1, 2000
At the heart of the film is a star-making performance by the handsome Welsh actor Christian Bale.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
January 1, 2000
All we get is a second-rate nightmare.
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
January 1, 2000
Bale delivers these lectures without irony and with the same studied lack of passion with which he delivers a deadly blow.