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Based on 32 Reviews
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  • 75
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    Director Brad Anderson tightens the screws of suspense, but it's Bale's gripping, beyond-the-call-of-duty performance that holds you in thrall. show more

  • 75
    Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle

    The film presents a compelling portrait of mental illness, but looking at Bale may make audiences feel as though they're watching a documentary. show more

  • 63
    Mike Clark USA Today

    Give Anderson credit for at least sustaining a mood. This is the kind of all-or-nothing movie in which a filmmaker probably can't waver from his tone. show more

  • 75
    Carrie Rickey Philadelphia Inquirer

    In the hands of a less talented filmmaker, The Machinist would have felt like a stunt. But Anderson, with a terrific assist from Bale, makes his character's plight achingly physical. show more

  • 75
    Jack Mathews New York Daily News

    Bale gives a near-great performance as a man with all the symptoms of paranoid schizophrenia and the film weaves an ingenious psychological web. show more

  • 90
    The Hollywood Reporter

    A brilliantly honed tale of dementia, starring a skeletal Christian Bale as a tormented insomniac wasting away and terrorized by his irreal existence. show more

  • 88
    Megan Lehmann New York Post

    Anderson gives The Machinist a sickly noirish look that contributes to the creeping horror - but it's the emaciated Bale's spectral presence that leaves the imprint. show more

  • 75
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    The director Brad Anderson, working from a screenplay by Scott Kosar, wants to convey a state of mind, and he and Bale do that with disturbing effectiveness. show more

  • 75
    Chicago Tribune

    A moody psychological thriller with a stunning performance by Christian Bale at its core. show more

  • 75
    David Sterritt Christian Science Monitor

    Bale is brilliant. show more

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