American Psycho
American Psycho (2000)

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… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: September 5, 2000
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67%
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85%



Critic Score: 67% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: If it falls short of the deadly satire of Bret Easton Ellis's novel, American Psycho still finds its own blend of horror and humor, thanks in part to a fittingly creepy performance by Christian Bale.

Lisa Alspector
Chicago Reader

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.

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Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine

It needs to be seen and appreciated, like a serpent in a glass cage.

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Jeffrey M. Anderson
Common Sense Media

A bloody, gruesome black comedy that's not for kids.

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Desson Thomson
Washington Post

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?

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Dennis Harvey
Variety

Harron's Psycho reps an impressive reclaiming of dubious material.

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Film4

A brave adaptation of a bracing book.

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David Edelstein
Slate

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?

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David Ansen
Newsweek

Conceptually, this savage cartoon ends up as trapped in surfaces as its shallow antihero: it's all dressed up with nowhere to go.

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Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com

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

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Flixster Audience Score: 85% Flixster User Reviews
John Manard
I rewatched this for the first time in a long time . . . and I have to say WOW. Christian Bale is just crazy good in this film.
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Carlos Magalh„es
Christian Bale couldn't have possibly been more perfect as the narcissistic and deranged yuppie Patrick Bateman in this hilariously sharp commentary on… More
Nicki Marie
Horrible, but good. Had not seen this one in years. Had almost forgotten Reese Witherspoon had a small role and Chloe sevigney.
Eugene Bernabe
Nostalgic & darkly, American Psycho blends its humor with horror well. This adaptation, led by Christian Bale, makes its obvious reference to the 1980s… More
Kevin Cookman
Kubrick would be proud.

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