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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Patrick Bateman is young, white, beautiful, ivy leagued, and indistinguishable from his Wall Street colleagues. Shielded by conformity, privilege, and wealth, Bateman is also the ultimate serial killer, roaming freely and fearlessly. His murderous impulses are fueled by zealous materialism and piercing envy when he discovers someone else has acquired more than he has. After a colleague presents a business card superior in ink and paper to his, Bateman's blood thirst sharpens, and he steps up his homicidal activities to a frenzied pitch. Hatchets fly, butcher knives chop, chainsaws rip, and surgical instruments mutilate-how far will Bateman go? How much can he get away with?

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Christian Bale
as Patrick Bateman
Willem Dafoe
as Det. Donald Kimball
Jared Leto
as Paul Allen
Josh Lucas
as Craig McDermott
Samantha Mathis
as Courtney Rawlinson
Reese Witherspoon
as Evelyn Williams
Matt Ross
as Luis Carruthers
Cara Seymour
as Christie
Justin Theroux
as Timothy Bryce
Bill Sage
as David Van Patten
Stephen Bogaert
as Harold Carnes
Reg E. Cathey
as Homeless Man
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Critic Reviews for American Psycho

All Critics (144) | Top Critics (37)

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.

Mar 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?

Mar 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?

Mar 28, 2011 | Full Review…
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It needs to be seen and appreciated, like a serpent in a glass cage.

Mar 28, 2011 | Full Review…

Harron's Psycho reps an impressive reclaiming of dubious material.

May 30, 2008
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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.

Mar 31, 2008 | Full Review…
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A brilliant horror film that has more than its fair share of dark humour. A yuppie loses the plot and ends up killing people between facial packs, working out and dining at the best restaurants!

Dean King
Dean King

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Put on a show, Christian.

Spencer Macklin
Spencer Macklin

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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.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

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I rewatched this for the first time in a long time . . . and I have to say WOW. Christian Bale is just crazy good in this film.

John Manard
John Manard

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