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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 started to wear down on his brain and his body. When he's involved in an accident at work, his co-workers turn against him. He starts to find strange notes in his apartment and see people that apparently aren't there. Jennifer Jason Leigh stars as call girl Stevie. The Machinist premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2004. ~ Andrea LeVasseur,… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 77%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"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."
‑ Andrea Gronvall, Chicago Reader
"It's one of those movies that you admire more than you enjoy, but Anderson and Kosar are clearly talents to watch."
‑ Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times
"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."
‑ , Film4
"With time as a buffer, it's now easier to see The Machinist for what it is: a labyrinthine leap down the rabbit hole into a nightmarish wonderland."
‑ Ryan Cracknell, Movie Views
"Bale is superb as Trevor, able to not only convey the wasted person within, but to avoid making his physical appearance the only thing we care about or notice."
‑ Urban Cinefile Critics, Urban Cinefile
"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."
‑ Geoff Andrew, Time Out
"A stunt that didn't merit Bale's startling, and dangerous, transformation."
‑ Rene Rodriguez, Miami Herald
"A brilliant, harrowing performance by Bale."
‑ Victoria Alexander,
"A brilliant psychological horror story, and excellent direction..."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"Um angustiante pesadelo que, trazendo Bale numa performance corajosa e repleta de auto-sacrifício, funciona como um estudo poético sobre os extremos da culpa."
‑ Pablo Villaca, Cinema em Cena
"[Bale's] is a great performance, full of commitment and sacrifice, and The Machinist is one of the year's best films."
‑ Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel
"It begins dark and depressing, but ends up merely dull."
‑ Tom Long, Detroit News
"It's not necessarily a fun or loveable picture, but it is interesting and entertaining."
‑ Kevin Carr, 7M Pictures
"Here, shorn of every ounce of body fat, Bale is laid open like an autopsy specimen, and he easily gives his best performance."
‑ Devin Faraci, CHUD
"Christian Bale starves himself to near-death proportions in this trippy, creepy film about insomnia in the workplace."
‑ Jason Gorber, Film Scouts
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