The Machinist
The Machinist (2004)

Brad Anderson directs the psychological thriller The Machinist, a production of Spain's Filmax company. Christian Bale plays Trevor Reznik, a factory lathe operator who has developed a serious case of insomnia. Lack of sleep has already… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: June 7, 2005
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77%
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83%



Critic Score: 77% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Brad Anderson's dark psychological thriller about a sleepless factory worker is elevated by Christian Bale astonishingly committed performance.

Andrea Gronvall
Chicago Reader

Until now Bale's screen persona has been defined by a graceful athleticism; here his physicality is repellent, yet he carries the occasionally creaky plot of Scott Kosar's unsettling screenplay to a resonant finish.

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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times

It's one of those movies that you admire more than you enjoy, but Anderson and Kosar are clearly talents to watch.

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Film4

If Nine Inch Nails, Swans and Ministry ever loomed large in the landscape of your imagination, Anderson's gloomy aesthetic may exert a sour but lingering pull.

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Geoff Andrew
Time Out

One can't deny the dubious appeal of the spectacle of the skin-and-bone Bale, quite possibly endangering his health for the sake of his art.

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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald

A stunt that didn't merit Bale's startling, and dangerous, transformation.

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Victoria Alexander
FilmsInReview.com

A brilliant, harrowing performance by Bale.

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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel

[Bale's] is a great performance, full of commitment and sacrifice, and The Machinist is one of the year's best films.

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Tom Long
Detroit News

It begins dark and depressing, but ends up merely dull.

Kevin Carr
7M Pictures

It's not necessarily a fun or loveable picture, but it is interesting and entertaining.

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Flixster Audience Score: 83% Flixster User Reviews
Apeneck Fletcher
Shades of Alfred Hitchcock and Rod Serling permeate this excruciating trip through the realm of hallucinatory insomnia ... and one hell of a guilt trip.… More
Chris Weber
In this slick little psychologicla thriller from director Brad Anderson, Christian Bale plays Trevor Reznik, a lathe operator at an industrial machine shop… More
Christian C
Bale is amazing, as always. But this is a strange film.
Carlos Magalhães
Relying on a bluish palette of desaturated colors, Anderson creates a tense atmosphere of nightmare in this intriguing thriller. But it is Christian Bale who… More
KJ Proulx
You are either going to love this film or hate this film, but I don't see why anyone wouldn't choose the latter. I fully believe this film to be a… More
Melvin White
Trevor Reznik: Right now I wanna sleep. I just want to sleep. âHow Do You Wake Up From A Nightmare If Youâ(TM)re Not Asleep?â? The Machinist is a brilliant… More

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