American Psycho Reviews

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March 28, 2011
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
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
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
It needs to be seen and appreciated, like a serpent in a glass cage.
May 30, 2008
Harron's Psycho reps an impressive reclaiming of dubious material.
March 31, 2008
Conceptually, this savage cartoon ends up as trapped in surfaces as its shallow antihero: it's all dressed up with nowhere to go.
Top Critic
February 9, 2006
The film makes wonderfully unsettling entertainment; crucially -- and gloriously -- Bale nails Bateman with a sublimely dead-eyed and deadpan performance.
August 7, 2004
Clearly, Harron is sold on the Bateman-as-metaphor bit, and, like Ellis, she overconceptualizes everything.
October 29, 2002
At once a sharp satire and an earnest study in the deadly consequences of moral vacancy.
June 18, 2002
Funny-one-minute, horrifying-the-next film.
March 19, 2002
A well-crafted yet essentially innocuous period piece.
May 10, 2001
An uneven movie that nonetheless bristles with stinging wit and exerts a perverse fascination.
April 17, 2001
The best monster movie in years.
March 21, 2001
A visually chilly but often very funny satire of American greed and conspicuous consumption.
January 1, 2000
American Psycho is seamless in its inability to engage emotionally, message or no message.
January 1, 2000
A misfiring black comedy.
January 1, 2000
The movie is not comedy, but it is joyously mean and evil, somewhat in the tone of Blue Velvet.
January 1, 2000
The movie has the feverish intensity of a bad dream, leavened with a subversive sense of humor that is both sophisticated and cracked.
January 1, 2000
At the heart of the film is a star-making performance by the handsome Welsh actor Christian Bale.
January 1, 2000
Well-filmed, well-acted and certainly riveting, American Psycho nonetheless is a movie without heart about a man without heart.
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