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.
| Original Score: 5/5
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.
A chance for Bale to show off his new lean look for what the filmmaker mistakenly thinks is art.
| Original Score: C+
A gimmick with no real payoff.
| Original Score: C
Christian Bale gives his best by giving less in this nightmare tale of a machinist who is one tool short of the full set.
| Original Score: 9/10
The performances are nothing short of superb - Bale's skeletal form alone is likely to be the most haunting visual image of the year.
| Original Score: 4/5
Director Anderson weaves a creepy little web of intrigue and misdirection and The Machinist is mostly entertaining and clever.
| Original Score: 6/10
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.
| Original Score: 3/5
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...
The Machinist doesn't offer large rewards beyond Bale's presence and its vague atmosphere of dread, but those are enough.
| Original Score: 3/4
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.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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.
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.
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.
| Original Score: B+
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
Too derivative to earn a strong recommendation
[Bale's] haunted, sunken-eyed look will stay with you for days.
[Bale's] is a great performance, full of commitment and sacrifice, and The Machinist is one of the year's best films.
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
Bale's body-sacrificing performance is worth catching, even if the story is as thin as he is.