American Psycho (2000)
Critic Consensus: 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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as Patrick Bateman
as Det. Donald Kimball
as Paul Allen
as Craig McDermott
as Courtney Rawlinson
as Evelyn Williams
as Luis Carruthers
as Timothy Bryce
as David Van Patten
as Harold Carnes
as Homeless Man
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Critic Reviews for American Psycho
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.
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?
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?
Audience Reviews for American Psycho
It's all soooo predictable. Sunday. Monday. Tuesday. Yada, yada, yada. Everything. Even what people say. Especially what people say. The banality of the very height of civilization creeps through you, becomes you, how can one NOT feel ... worthless? Maniacal? Great fun look at modern obsessions. Loved it.
Christian Bale couldn't have possibly been more perfect as the narcissistic and deranged yuppie Patrick Bateman in this hilariously sharp commentary on American individualism that will make you laugh real hard at (not with) him and feel disgusted in the same measure.
Nostalgic & darkly, American Psycho blends its humor with horror well. This adaptation, led by Christian Bale, makes its obvious reference to the 1980s music, business and social structure, making it decent and well-performed. 4/5
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