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The Machinist Reviews

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May 4, 2005
A gimmick with no real payoff.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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+
October 19, 2004
As its stricken hero's prominently posed copies of Kafka and Dostoyevsky suggest, the movie takes itself more seriously than it should.
October 20, 2004
A grimy, excessively art-directed psychological horror flick.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
October 29, 2004
A stylish but fatally shallow puzzler that suggests a Twilight Zone episode filmed on the leftover sets of Seven.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
November 12, 2004
Smacks of a movie made by people who've spent a lot more time watching movies than absorbing them.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
December 3, 2004
It begins dark and depressing, but ends up merely dull.
Read More | Original Score: D+
November 19, 2004
Interesting premise, terrific performance, shocking transformation - the image of Christian Bale's skeletal appearance will stay with you long after you leave the theatre.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
December 7, 2004
...more freak show than creep show.
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.
October 23, 2004
Imagine if the twist in The Sixth Sense had turned out to be something as depressingly ordinary as, say, Bruce Willis' character never having been a licensed psychologist.
October 30, 2004
It's more of an idea, like the premise for a Twilight Zone episode or the skeleton of a 20-minute short film awkwardly stretched to feature length.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
July 11, 2004
Nowhere near so frightening as it pretends to be.
October 18, 2004
Reduces tragedy to a mere punch line, and as such its lead character exists less for himself and more for the gratification of the Memento fan club.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
October 28, 2004
Stylishly grim and nervously intriguing for most of its running length, but concludes with an underwhelming, derivative whimper.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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.
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
November 25, 2004
The problem with relying on a second viewing is that, the first time out, it's really tough to identify with Reznik in any way.
November 18, 2004
The thing we most dread is that this existential mystery will have an unsatisfying resolution, and in this case, our worst fears are realized.
September 12, 2004
Worth a look just to see the frighteningly thin Bale, and some nice washed-out photography from Xavi Giménez.
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