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The Machinist

Thriller . Drama

The Machinist is the story of Trevor Reznik, a lathe-operator who is dying of insomnia. In a machine shop, occupational hazards are bad enough under normal circumstances; yet for Trevor the risks are compounded by fatigue. Trevor has lost the ability to sleep. This is no ordinary insomnia...

Actors: Matthew Romero Moore , Anna Massey , Reg E. Cathey , Craig Stevenson , Lawrence Gilliard Jr. , Michael Ironside , John Sharian , Christian Bale , Jennifer Jason Leigh , Aitana Sánchez-Gijón
Directors: Brad Anderson
Country: SPAIN , USA
Release: 2004-12-03
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  • Duane Byrge

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

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Michael O'Sullivan

    Psychological suspense at its finest.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Megan Lehmann

    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.

    New York Post Full Review
  • William Arnold

    Bale is totally convincing, if not especially endearing.

    Seattle Post-Intelligencer Full Review
  • Don R. Lewis

    The Machinist is so brave and visually impressive, it should demand an audience.

    Film Threat Full Review
  • Peter Travers

    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.

    Rolling Stone Full Review
  • Roger Ebert

    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.

    Chicago Sun-Times Full Review
  • Achy Obejas

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

    Chicago Tribune Full Review
  • David Sterritt

    Bale is brilliant.

    Christian Science Monitor Full Review
  • Jack Mathews

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

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • Carrie Rickey

    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.

    Philadelphia Inquirer Full Review
  • Mick LaSalle

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

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • James Berardinelli

    A harrowing experience for those to whom this sort of story appeals.

    ReelViews Full Review
  • Kevin Thomas

    Not quite stunning enough to live up to a boldly bleak and unrelenting buildup.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Todd McCarthy

    An intense, precision-controlled psychological mystery built around a very creepy lead performance by Christian Bale.

    Variety Full Review
  • Andrea Gronvall

    Here his (Bale's) physicality is repellent, yet he carries the occasionally creaky plot of Scott Kosar's unsettling screenplay to a resonant finish.

    Chicago Reader Full Review
  • Marjorie Baumgarten

    Never gives us the nuts and bolts of mental illness and guilt, just the sight of cooped-up steam escaping from a valve that’s about to blow.

    Austin Chronicle Full Review
  • Rene Rodriguez

    Turns out to be something entirely different than it initially seemed, and while the conclusion brings everything to a logical close, it also renders the movie less interesting -- a stunt that didn't merit Bale's startling, and dangerous, transformation.

    Miami Herald Full Review
  • Mike Clark

    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.

    USA Today Full Review
  • Rick Groen

    An hallucinatory mix of the imagined and the real, all revolving around the mystery at the cold heart of the tale.

    The Globe and Mail (Toronto) Full Review
  • Maitland McDonagh

    Anderson is a master of detail, from the film's ubiquitous fish motif to the elaborate carnival set piece that unfolds inside the claustrophobic confines of a spook-house ride called "Route 666."

    TV Guide Full Review
  • Ian Nathan

    It's a result so painfully logical it would make Lynch's hair stand on end.

    Empire Full Review
  • Stephen Holden

    May be an expertly manipulated exercise in psychological horror, but that's all it is. Don't look for the kind of metaphoric weight you'd find in a movie by David Lynch or David Fincher.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Marc Mohan

    Although the primary plot line turns out to be a letdown, there are aspects of The Machinist that redeem it. Bale's performance is one; another is the dull, metallic look of the picture.

    Portland Oregonian Full Review
  • Ty Burr

    The main, if not only, reason to see The Machinist is for Christian Bale's title performance, and even then you have to be a fan of hardcore martyrdom in the service of craft.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • Kim Morgan

    In a way, though, it’s all Bale's show. Withering down to an alarming 120 pounds, he delivers a deeply obsessed performance that leaves us both fascinated and sickened.

    L.A. Weekly Full Review
  • Luke Y. Thompson

    Director Brad Anderson (Session 9) is usually really good at humanizing ambiguous characters, and he ultimately succeeds, but he has to fight against Scott Kosar's script.

    Dallas Observer Full Review
  • Lisa Schwarzbaum

    Bale exists all too large under the circumstances, a well-fed actor playing at emaciation for the sake of a fiction about a character whose torment is as unreadable as his vertebrae are countable.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Stephanie Zacharek

    Bale gives a remarkable performance in a movie I can recommend to no one, because the sight of him is more distressing than any of the allegedly deep themes of the picture. Full Review
  • Dennis Lim

    The Machinist has no meat on its bones, and we've seen it all before.

    Village Voice Full Review
  • Peter Debruge

    Director Brad Anderson (Session 9) overtly cribs from everyone from Dostoevsky to Kafka.

    Premiere Full Review
  • Nathan Rabin

    Unrelentingly dreary, and seemingly destined to be remembered, if at all, as that movie Christian Bale lost a full third of his body weight for. It doesn't deserve any better.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
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