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The Machinist Reviews

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Brian Mckay

Anderson's use of lighting, editing, sound design, and score hit just the right nerve endings, creating a film that keeps turning over in your mental gears for days afterward.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 5/5

June 20, 2005
Paul Byrnes
Sydney Morning Herald

Some people will pick up the clues early in The Machinist and some won't. I got some, not all, but I remained unengaged throughout, largely because of the film's deliberateness, which feels like lack of passion.

Full Review Source: Sydney Morning Herald

June 10, 2005
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

A chance for Bale to show off his new lean look for what the filmmaker mistakenly thinks is art.

Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews | Original Score: C+

June 7, 2005
Nick Schager
Lessons of Darkness

A gimmick with no real payoff.

Full Review Source: Lessons of Darkness | Original Score: C

May 4, 2005
Anton Bitel
Movie Gazette

Christian Bale gives his best by giving less in this nightmare tale of a machinist who is one tool short of the full set.

Full Review Source: Movie Gazette | Original Score: 9/10

March 26, 2005
Matthew Turner

The performances are nothing short of superb - Bale's skeletal form alone is likely to be the most haunting visual image of the year.

Full Review Source: ViewLondon | Original Score: 4/5

March 19, 2005
Michelle Thomas
Future Movies UK

Director Anderson weaves a creepy little web of intrigue and misdirection and The Machinist is mostly entertaining and clever.

Full Review Source: Future Movies UK | Original Score: 6/10

March 19, 2005
Tim Appelo
Seattle Weekly

Mark Twain said that Wagner's music isn't as bad as it sounds. The Machinist isn't as good as it looks. But Bale's fever-dream performance is otherworldly great.

Full Review Source: Seattle Weekly | Original Score: 3/5

March 9, 2005
Ben Walters
Sight and Sound

Bale's performance has the emotional weight to substantiate this body-art spectacle, ranging from prickly self-righteousness through panicked self-doubt to morbid self-pity...

Full Review Source: Sight and Sound

March 1, 2005
Lawrence Toppman
Charlotte Observer

The Machinist doesn't offer large rewards beyond Bale's presence and its vague atmosphere of dread, but those are enough.

Full Review Source: Charlotte Observer | Original Score: 3/4

February 25, 2005
Jon Niccum
Lawrence Journal-World

This bleak exercise in paranoia is somewhat thin on 'entertainment value,' but it's heavy enough on mood to warrant spending a few hours inside Reznik's skin.

Full Review Source: Lawrence Journal-World | Original Score: 2.5/4

February 4, 2005
Jamie Russell

You'll join the dots in Anderson's thriller within the first five minutes - a real crying shame since Bale deserved much more for his pound -- or 63 -- of flesh.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 3/5

January 26, 2005
Paul Matwychuk
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)

You can't stop thinking about how awful Bale looks-partly because his transformation is so unnerving, but also because the film doesn't give you anything else to think about.

January 4, 2005
Eric D. Snider

An unsettling psychological thriller despite being composed of old, familiar parts, the film has an atmosphere that's as scary and tense as anything else this year.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: B+

December 19, 2004
Forrest Hartman
Reno Gazette-Journal

Watching The Machinist can be a chore, as it requires absolute attention from the viewer. But don't let that scare you away.

| Original Score: 3/4

December 16, 2004
Marty Mapes
Movie Habit

Too derivative to earn a strong recommendation

Full Review Source: Movie Habit | Original Score: 3/4

December 15, 2004
Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

[Bale's] haunted, sunken-eyed look will stay with you for days.

Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City | Original Score: 3/4

December 11, 2004
Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
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[Bale's] is a great performance, full of commitment and sacrifice, and The Machinist is one of the year's best films.

Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel | Original Score: 5/5

December 10, 2004
Larry Ratliff
San Antonio Express-News

The Machinist doesn't take us to a happy place. For those who appreciate true mind-bending grit, though, this is the bedeviled place to be

| Original Score: 3.5/4

December 10, 2004
Sean Means
Salt Lake Tribune

Bale's body-sacrificing performance is worth catching, even if the story is as thin as he is.

Full Review Source: Salt Lake Tribune | Original Score: 2.5/4

December 10, 2004
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