American Psycho

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If it falls short of the deadly satire of Bret Easton Ellis's novel, American Psycho still finds its own blend of horror and humor, thanks in part to a fittingly creepy performance by Christian Bale.

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In New York City in 1987, a handsome, young urban professional, Patrick Bateman (Christian Bale), lives a second life as a gruesome serial killer by night. The cast is filled by the detective (Willem Dafoe), the fiance (Reese Witherspoon), the mistress (Samantha Mathis), the coworker (Jared Leto), and the secretary (Chloë Sevigny). This is a biting, wry comedy examining the elements that make a man a monster.

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Critic Reviews for American Psycho

All Critics (150) | Top Critics (37) | Fresh (104) | Rotten (46)

  • The slick satire cleverly equates materialism, narcissism, misogyny, and classism with homicide, but you may laugh so loud at the protagonist that you won't be able to hear yourself laughing with him.

    March 28, 2011 | Full Review…
  • It's hard to summon up enthusiasm for a performance so rooted in bloody banality. I mean, as Patrick, Bale's most emotionally pressing dilemma is: Chainsaw or butcher knife?

    March 28, 2011 | Full Review…
  • American Psycho is nearly perfect for what it is, but before we go on, we should ask what that actually amounts to. Can something with so rigid a thesis be a real work of art?

    March 28, 2011 | Full Review…

    David Edelstein

    Slate
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  • It needs to be seen and appreciated, like a serpent in a glass cage.

    March 28, 2011 | Full Review…
  • Harron's Psycho reps an impressive reclaiming of dubious material.

    May 30, 2008

    Dennis Harvey

    Variety
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  • Conceptually, this savage cartoon ends up as trapped in surfaces as its shallow antihero: it's all dressed up with nowhere to go.

    March 31, 2008 | Full Review…

    David Ansen

    Newsweek
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Audience Reviews for American Psycho

  • Apr 24, 2017
    Put on a show, Christian.
    Spencer M Super Reviewer
  • Mar 11, 2016
    Bale delivers one of his most complex roles to date in this cult classic, which keeps things interesting through its crisp dialogue and "is it really happening or not?" approach.
    Ben B Super Reviewer
  • Feb 06, 2016
    A surprisingly influential film. American Psycho gives us a dark, funny and amazing performance by Christian Bale, smart writing, plot and great performances all around. American Psycho is a dark comedy keep in mind.... don't go into it expecting it to be full comedy, there will be some scenes that will disturb you and haunt you for life and it is glorious! One of my favourites, spread the love of this film all around, tell your friends, family (probably not a good idea...) and loved ones they'll get a kick out of this flick. Two thumbs up!
    Mr N Super Reviewer
  • Dec 06, 2015
    "American Psycho" is a great thriller film of 2000. "American Psycho" has strong acting from "Christain Bale" and "Willem Dafoe". "American Psycho" has a good plot to it, some scenes are pointless, but only some. The music in this film fits in great with the scenes to show how "Patrick Bateman" is thinking/feeling. The murders/special effects are great. I recommend you "American Psycho" if you enjoy thrillers/dark movies. I give "American Psycho" a 7/10.
    Steve G Super Reviewer

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