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Movies and TV shows are Certified Fresh with a steady Tomatometer of 75% or higher after a set amount of reviews (80 for wide-release movies, 40 for limited-release movies, 20 for TV shows), including 5 reviews from Top Critics.
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Riveting thriller, with a stunning central performance by Christian Bale, whose physical transformation is remarkable method acting in practice.. Great cinematography, and cleverly twisting plot, a must see. Bale is masterful.
Hitchcockian mystery thriller that plays like an extended episode of The Twilight Zone. A skeletal machinist seems to be cracking up. Who is the bald guy in the red car? What is the meaning of the Hangman post-it notes? Why can't he sleep? It's huge credit to director Brad Anderson that he keeps you wondering right to the end in such a stylish way. He's enormously helped by the terrific Herrmann-esque score.
One of Christian Bale's haunting and risky performances, "The Machinist" might be dark and spellbinding, but it suffers from an ending that can be seen from a mile away. It starts off right, but once you hit the midpoint, you'll lose interest once you figured out the key plot points that the story tries to hide. It's a good to watch on a rainy day, but not much else. Besides, who doesn't want to see Christian Bale go nuts?
What a waste (literally, for Christian Bale). Respect to him for this transformation, but what a crap movie. So, so predictable. That weird Marlon Brando dude, that awful music. I appreciate the nine inch nails visual aspect, themes, and tone of the film, but that's all there is to find here.
A riveting character study of a man who is wasting away, suffering from insomnia and bouts of paranoia, 'The Machinist' is an excellent psychological thriller that has you intrigued from the opening sequence and amazed by the revelation at the end. Christian Bale's outstandingly devoted performance really anchors the character and the film. Directing, cinematography and music are also spot-on, creating the perfectly tense, ominous and dark tone with an overwhelming sense that there is something dreadful waiting just around the corner.
Aunque la película no lleva a ninguna parte, es conmovedora la historia y la atmósfera de misterio en toda la película. El guión es bueno, la actuación, la fotografía, son muy buenas, pero no llevan a ningún lado.
The Machinist is one of Christian Bale's best career performances. It's also one of the best films of 2004, with an ominous tone, unsettling atmosphere and intriguing story. It's sure to become a cult classic. (4.5/5)
Christian Bale was haunting as his performance as Trevor a guilt stricken man that's suffering from insomnia and a horrifying physic. However, it seemed a waste of talent for Bale because the movie was pretty bad. It wasn't ambiguous like it should've been but more clear cut. Moreover, this makes it so the audience can't have a personal connection to the film by putting their on experiences in an ambiguous and carefully detailed plot so we can relate or sympathize to a very different character.