American Psycho
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Bret Easton Ellis's dark and violent satire of America in the 1980s is brought to the screen in this unsettling drama with blackly comic overtones. Patrick Bateman (Christian Bale), the son of a wealthy Wall Street financier, is pursuing his own lucrative career with his father's firm. Bateman is the prototypical yuppie, obsessed with success, fashion, and style. He is also a serial killer who murders, rapes, and mutilates both strangers and acquaintances without provocation or reason. Donald Kimble (Willem Dafoe), a police detective, questions Bateman about the disappearance of Paul… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 67%

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"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 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,
"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
"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
"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
"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 a highly entertaining movie with enough edgy humor to prickle our senses."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
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