The Machinist Reviews

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Film4
October 24, 2011
If Nine Inch Nails, Swans and Ministry ever loomed large in the landscape of your imagination, Anderson's gloomy aesthetic may exert a sour but lingering pull.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Top Critic
Andrea Gronvall
Chicago Reader
October 24, 2011
Until now Bale's screen persona has been defined by a graceful athleticism; here his physicality is repellent, yet he carries the occasionally creaky plot of Scott Kosar's unsettling screenplay to a resonant finish.
Victoria Alexander
FilmsInReview.com
October 24, 2011
A brilliant, harrowing performance by Bale.
Kevin Carr
7M Pictures
January 9, 2010
It's not necessarily a fun or loveable picture, but it is interesting and entertaining.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Ryan Cracknell
Movie Views
May 18, 2009
With time as a buffer, it's now easier to see The Machinist for what it is: a labyrinthine leap down the rabbit hole into a nightmarish wonderland.
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
April 29, 2009
A brilliant psychological horror story, and excellent direction...
February 27, 2009
Here, shorn of every ounce of body fat, Bale is laid open like an autopsy specimen, and he easily gives his best performance.
Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile
October 18, 2008
Bale is superb as Trevor, able to not only convey the wasted person within, but to avoid making his physical appearance the only thing we care about or notice.
Pablo Villaca
Cinema em Cena
August 15, 2008
Um angustiante pesadelo que, trazendo Bale numa performance corajosa e repleta de auto-sacrifício, funciona como um estudo poético sobre os extremos da culpa.
| Original Score: 4/5
Jason Gorber
Film Scouts
June 21, 2007
Christian Bale starves himself to near-death proportions in this trippy, creepy film about insomnia in the workplace.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Joseph Proimakis
Movies for the Masses
October 3, 2006
full review in Greek
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Staci Layne Wilson
About.com
June 12, 2006
It's a somber, sometimes slow-slithering dark piece that's heavier on style than substance, but it all works.
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
May 26, 2006
An intelligent, well-crafted picture.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Ian Nathan
Empire Magazine
April 1, 2006
A few scenes into the gloom and you'll have a good idea what is generally up, if not the specifics, making the journey toward the eventual, inevitable twist fairly one-dimensional.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Top Critic
Geoff Andrew
Time Out
February 9, 2006
One can't deny the dubious appeal of the spectacle of the skin-and-bone Bale, quite possibly endangering his health for the sake of his art.
Chuck O'Leary
Fantastica Daily
December 29, 2005
An absorbing and eerie study of paranoia and psychological torment.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.75/4
Don R. Lewis
Film Threat
December 6, 2005
Kosar has ... constructed an exercise in existentialism that is so literal it's a true feat that he was able to reign it all back in for the somewhat tidy ending of this film.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Alex Sandell
Juicy Cerebellum
August 22, 2005
It's like a film the Coen Brothers would have made, back when they still made good movies.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Dragan Antulov
Draxblog Movie Reviews
July 12, 2005
replacing phrase "going De Niro" with the phrase "going Bale" in many vocabularies
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Jason Zingale
Bullz-Eye.com
July 5, 2005
A clever, taut thriller that will have everyone guessing right up to its avant-garde conclusion.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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