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The Machinist Reviews

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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.
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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.
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
December 10, 2004
[Bale's] is a great performance, full of commitment and sacrifice, and The Machinist is one of the year's best films.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
December 3, 2004
It's one of those movies that you admire more than you enjoy, but Anderson and Kosar are clearly talents to watch.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
December 3, 2004
A stunt that didn't merit Bale's startling, and dangerous, transformation.
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Tom Long
Detroit News
December 3, 2004
It begins dark and depressing, but ends up merely dull.
| Original Score: D+
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
December 3, 2004
It is well worth enduring for the performance of Bale.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Bill Muller
Arizona Republic
December 2, 2004
Though Bale deserves all the credit that can be heaped at his feet ... there is far more to this sinister psychological thriller than just exhibiting Bale's emaciated form.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
November 24, 2004
Mainly this is all Bale's show. He is strangely sympathetic, taking us right into Trevor's pain without any special pleading.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
November 24, 2004
A superior exercise in mood and atmospherics, a drama that springs from a place of deep disturbance.
| Original Score: B
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Michael Booth
Denver Post
November 24, 2004
A powerful, accomplished movie that lingers.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
November 23, 2004
If grimly atmospheric studies in alienation are your cup of tea, you should find director Brad Anderson's dark brew especially tasty.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Steve Murray
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
November 23, 2004
It's an overly calculated, schematic graph of a script that eliminates the things we go to the movies to experience: interesting characters, a story we can relate to, an emotional release.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
November 19, 2004
The director Brad Anderson, working from a screenplay by Scott Kosar, wants to convey a state of mind, and he and Bale do that with disturbing effectiveness.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Philip Wuntch
Dallas Morning News
November 18, 2004
It's a carefully layered, tautly directed and superbly acted psychological thriller.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Achy Obejas
Chicago Tribune
November 18, 2004
A moody psychological thriller with a stunning performance by Christian Bale at its core.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Scott Von Doviak
Fort Worth Star-Telegram/DFW.com
November 18, 2004
The thing we most dread is that this existential mystery will have an unsatisfying resolution, and in this case, our worst fears are realized.
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Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star
November 12, 2004
Smacks of a movie made by people who've spent a lot more time watching movies than absorbing them.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
November 12, 2004
Anderson's effort here isn't bad, but, as measured on the scary-intruder index, this is more of a front-porch flick. Movie over, it's not hard to shut the door on it.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Mike Clark
USA Today
October 29, 2004
Give Anderson credit for at least sustaining a mood.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
October 29, 2004
A stylish but fatally shallow puzzler that suggests a Twilight Zone episode filmed on the leftover sets of Seven.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
October 29, 2004
Psychological suspense at its finest.
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Lisa Rose
Newark Star-Ledger
October 28, 2004
There is more to Bale's performance than the stick figure physique. Trevor is a man literally being consumed with angst, eyes hollow, posture stooped and mouth agape.
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
October 28, 2004
Elegant and shatteringly creepy.
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
October 26, 2004
It is tortured and it's consistently fascinating.
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Rex Reed
New York Observer
October 22, 2004
Christian Bale gives his all for his art in The Machinist.
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Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
October 22, 2004
A meticulously complex story of guilt and paranoia.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Megan Lehmann
New York Post
October 22, 2004
Anderson gives The Machinist a sickly noirish look that contributes to the creeping horror -- but it's the emaciated Bale's spectral presence that leaves the imprint.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
October 21, 2004
Watching it, I kept wondering: What, exactly, is the point? The movie sustains its ominous hum, but in the end, it doesn't really give you all that much to think about.
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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
October 21, 2004
Bale, always a nervy, risk-taking actor, gives a haunting performance of fierce concentration that goes beyond his dramatic weight loss.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
October 21, 2004
Christian Bale's 63-pound weight loss makes this bleak thriller one of the few movies to scale the barrier between chilly fantasy and authentic cinematic nightmare.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Kim Morgan
L.A. Weekly
October 21, 2004
This ultimately disappointing picture is suitably dingy-looking, intermittently scary, and boasts a nice, creepy score complete with theremins and Bernard Hermann-esque bass accents.
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
October 20, 2004
A grimy, excessively art-directed psychological horror flick.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
October 19, 2004
Although The Machinist may at times seem to be derivative of those films, and is inferior to them, it is nevertheless a harrowing experience for those to whom this sort of story appeals.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Dennis Lim
Village Voice
October 19, 2004
As its stricken hero's prominently posed copies of Kafka and Dostoyevsky suggest, the movie takes itself more seriously than it should.
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
October 15, 2004
Anderson tightens the screws of suspense, but it's Bale's gripping, beyond-the- call-of-duty performance that holds you in thrall.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Todd McCarthy
Variety
September 29, 2004
Pic's integrity is clinched by Bale, whose haunted, aggressive and finally wrenching performance gives The Machinist a strong anchor.
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Duane Byrge
Hollywood Reporter
January 20, 2004
In its very calibrations, from Scott Alan Kosar's edgy, spooky script to Anderson's provocative visualizations of Trevor's disintegrating mind-set, The Machinist is a gem.