American Psycho
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Patrick Bateman is young, white, beautiful, ivy leagued, and indistinguishable from his Wall Street colleagues. Shielded by conformity, privilege, and wealth, Bateman is also the ultimate serial killer, roaming freely and fearlessly. His murderous impulses are fueled by zealous materialism and piercing envy when he discovers someone else has acquired more than he has. After a colleague presents a business card superior in ink and paper to his, Bateman's blood thirst sharpens, and he steps up his homicidal activities to a frenzied pitch. Hatchets fly, butcher knives chop, chainsaws rip, and… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 67%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The slick satire cleverly equates materialism, narcissism, misogyny, and classism with homicide, but you may laugh so loud at the protagonist that you won't be able to hear yourself laughing with him."
‑ Lisa Alspector, Chicago Reader
"It needs to be seen and appreciated, like a serpent in a glass cage."
‑ Richard Corliss, TIME Magazine
"A bloody, gruesome black comedy that's not for kids."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Common Sense Media
"Mary Harron asks what's more unnerving - exaggerated, imagined violence or vacuous realities some wish to be real, psychosis as much in the construct as the character. Thus, "Psycho's" savagery goes beyond a simple screed against 1980s excess and greed."
‑ Nick Rogers,
"American Pyscho is one of those films that makes you laugh uncomfortably throughout and you just walk away feeling disgusted. The flick is definitely an underrated masterpiece."
‑ Kevin McCarthy, BDK Reviews
"It's hard to summon up enthusiasm for a performance so rooted in bloody banality. I mean, as Patrick, Bale's most emotionally pressing dilemma is: Chainsaw or butcher knife?"
‑ Desson Thomson, Washington Post
"Harron's Psycho reps an impressive reclaiming of dubious material."
‑ Dennis Harvey, Variety
"A brave adaptation of a bracing book."
‑ , Film4
"much like the 80's era that it personifies"
‑ John A. Nesbit, Old School Reviews
"One can picture Kubrick handling this material with a similar elegant malevolence."
‑ Rob Gonsalves,
"American Psycho is nearly perfect for what it is, but before we go on, we should ask what that actually amounts to. Can something with so rigid a thesis be a real work of art?"
‑ David Edelstein, Slate
"Conceptually, this savage cartoon ends up as trapped in surfaces as its shallow antihero: it's all dressed up with nowhere to go."
‑ David Ansen, Newsweek
"The movie is elegantly shot, but based on what's on screen, it's hard to tell what motivated Mary Harron to direct this emotionally vapid feature"
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Harron' s incisive eye and Bale' s bravura performance carry the day."
‑ Jim Lane, Sacramento News & Review
"The real shame about Psycho is that there are glimmers of the very smart satire that could've been."
‑ Joe Lozito, Big Picture Big Sound
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