The Machinist Reviews

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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
Andrea Gronvall
Chicago Reader
Top Critic
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
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...

Devin Faraci
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
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
Geoff Andrew
Time Out
Top Critic
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
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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