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The Machinist Reviews

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Brian Mckay
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
Paul Byrnes
Sydney Morning Herald
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.
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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+
Nick Schager
Lessons of Darkness
May 4, 2005
A gimmick with no real payoff.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Anton Bitel
Movie Gazette
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
Matthew Turner
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
Michelle Thomas
Future Movies UK
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
Tim Appelo
Seattle Weekly
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
Ben Walters
Sight and Sound
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...
Lawrence Toppman
Charlotte Observer
February 25, 2005
The Machinist doesn't offer large rewards beyond Bale's presence and its vague atmosphere of dread, but those are enough.
| Original Score: 3/4
Jon Niccum
Lawrence Journal-World
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
Jamie Russell
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
Paul Matwychuk
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
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.
Eric D. Snider
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+
Forrest Hartman
Reno Gazette-Journal
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
Marty Mapes
Movie Habit
December 15, 2004
Too derivative to earn a strong recommendation
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
December 11, 2004
[Bale's] haunted, sunken-eyed look will stay with you for days.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Top Critic
Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
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.
| Original Score: 5/5
Larry Ratliff
San Antonio Express-News
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
Sean P. Means
Salt Lake Tribune
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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