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The Machinist Reviews

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June 20, 2005
Anderson's use of lighting, editing, sound design, and score hit just the right nerve endings, creating a film that keeps turning over in your mental gears for days afterward.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
June 10, 2005
Some people will pick up the clues early in The Machinist and some won't. I got some, not all, but I remained unengaged throughout, largely because of the film's deliberateness, which feels like lack of passion.
June 7, 2005
A chance for Bale to show off his new lean look for what the filmmaker mistakenly thinks is art.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
May 4, 2005
A gimmick with no real payoff.
Full Review | Original Score: C
March 26, 2005
Christian Bale gives his best by giving less in this nightmare tale of a machinist who is one tool short of the full set.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
March 19, 2005
The performances are nothing short of superb - Bale's skeletal form alone is likely to be the most haunting visual image of the year.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
March 19, 2005
Director Anderson weaves a creepy little web of intrigue and misdirection and The Machinist is mostly entertaining and clever.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
March 9, 2005
Mark Twain said that Wagner's music isn't as bad as it sounds. The Machinist isn't as good as it looks. But Bale's fever-dream performance is otherworldly great.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
March 1, 2005
Bale's performance has the emotional weight to substantiate this body-art spectacle, ranging from prickly self-righteousness through panicked self-doubt to morbid self-pity...
February 25, 2005
The Machinist doesn't offer large rewards beyond Bale's presence and its vague atmosphere of dread, but those are enough.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
February 4, 2005
This bleak exercise in paranoia is somewhat thin on 'entertainment value,' but it's heavy enough on mood to warrant spending a few hours inside Reznik's skin.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
January 26, 2005
You'll join the dots in Anderson's thriller within the first five minutes - a real crying shame since Bale deserved much more for his pound -- or 63 -- of flesh.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
January 4, 2005
You can't stop thinking about how awful Bale looks-partly because his transformation is so unnerving, but also because the film doesn't give you anything else to think about.
December 19, 2004
An unsettling psychological thriller despite being composed of old, familiar parts, the film has an atmosphere that's as scary and tense as anything else this year.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
December 16, 2004
Watching The Machinist can be a chore, as it requires absolute attention from the viewer. But don't let that scare you away.
| Original Score: 3/4
December 15, 2004
Too derivative to earn a strong recommendation
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
December 11, 2004
[Bale's] haunted, sunken-eyed look will stay with you for days.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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.
Read More | Original Score: 5/5
December 10, 2004
The Machinist doesn't take us to a happy place. For those who appreciate true mind-bending grit, though, this is the bedeviled place to be
| Original Score: 3.5/4
December 10, 2004
Bale's body-sacrificing performance is worth catching, even if the story is as thin as he is.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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