'The Machinist' Critic Reviews

89%
MovieWeb:   4 reviews
76%
Rotten Tomatoes:   147 reviews
  • Lisa Schwarzbaum Entertainment Weekly (Top Critic)
    34
    A grimy, excessively art-directed psychological horror flick.
    Full Review » 10 years ago
  • Stephen Holden New York Times (Top Critic)
    70
    Christian Bale's 63-pound weight loss makes this bleak thriller one of the few movies to scale the barrier between chilly fantasy and authentic cinematic nightmare.
    Full Review » 10 years ago
  • Mike Clark USA Today (Top Critic)
    63
    Give Anderson credit for at least sustaining a mood.
    Full Review » 10 years ago
  • Michael O'Sullivan Washington Post (Top Critic)
    Psychological suspense at its finest.
    Full Review » 10 years ago
  • Ty Burr Boston Globe (Top Critic)
    50
    A stylish but fatally shallow puzzler that suggests a Twilight Zone episode filmed on the leftover sets of Seven.
    Full Review » 10 years ago
  • Dennis Lim Village Voice (Top Critic)
    As its stricken hero's prominently posed copies of Kafka and Dostoyevsky suggest, the movie takes itself more seriously than it should.
    Full Review » 10 years ago
  • Jack Mathews New York Daily News (Top Critic)
    75
    A meticulously complex story of guilt and paranoia.
    Full Review » 10 years ago
  • Philip Wuntch Dallas Morning News (Top Critic)
    75
    It's a carefully layered, tautly directed and superbly acted psychological thriller.
    Full Review » 10 years ago
  • Michael Booth Denver Post (Top Critic)
    88
    A powerful, accomplished movie that lingers.
    Full Review » 10 years ago
  • Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times (Top Critic)
    75
    The director Brad Anderson, working from a screenplay by Scott Kosar, wants to convey a state of mind, and he and Bale do that with disturbing effectiveness.
    Full Review » 10 years ago
  • Achy Obejas Chicago Tribune (Top Critic)
    75
    A moody psychological thriller with a stunning performance by Christian Bale at its core.
    Full Review » 10 years ago
  • Andrea Gronvall Chicago Reader (Top Critic)
    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.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Carrie Rickey Philadelphia Inquirer (Top Critic)
    Elegant and shatteringly creepy.
    Full Review » 10 years ago
  • Colin Covert Minneapolis Star Tribune (Top Critic)
    75
    If grimly atmospheric studies in alienation are your cup of tea, you should find director Brad Anderson's dark brew especially tasty.
    Full Review » 10 years ago
  • Tom Long Detroit News (Top Critic)
    25
    It begins dark and depressing, but ends up merely dull.
    Full Review » 10 years ago
  • Bill Muller Arizona Republic (Top Critic)
    90
    Though Bale deserves all the credit that can be heaped at his feet ... there is far more to this sinister psychological thriller than just exhibiting Bale's emaciated form.
    Full Review » 10 years ago
  • Rex Reed New York Observer (Top Critic)
    Christian Bale gives his all for his art in The Machinist.
    Full Review » 10 years ago
  • Todd McCarthy Variety (Top Critic)
    Pic's integrity is clinched by Bale, whose haunted, aggressive and finally wrenching performance gives The Machinist a strong anchor.
    Full Review » 10 years ago
  • Megan Lehmann New York Post (Top Critic)
    88
    Anderson gives The Machinist a sickly noirish look that contributes to the creeping horror -- but it's the emaciated Bale's spectral presence that leaves the imprint.
    Full Review » 10 years ago
  • Roger Moore Orlando Sentinel (Top Critic)
    100
    [Bale's] is a great performance, full of commitment and sacrifice, and The Machinist is one of the year's best films.
    Full Review » 10 years ago
  • Geoff Pevere Toronto Star (Top Critic)
    40
    Smacks of a movie made by people who've spent a lot more time watching movies than absorbing them.
    Full Review » 10 years ago
  • Rick Groen Globe and Mail (Top Critic)
    63
    Anderson's effort here isn't bad, but, as measured on the scary-intruder index, this is more of a front-porch flick. Movie over, it's not hard to shut the door on it.
    Full Review » 10 years ago
  • Stephanie Zacharek Salon.com (Top Critic)
    Watching it, I kept wondering: What, exactly, is the point? The movie sustains its ominous hum, but in the end, it doesn't really give you all that much to think about.
    Full Review » 10 years ago
  • James Berardinelli ReelViews (Top Critic)
    75
    Although The Machinist may at times seem to be derivative of those films, and is inferior to them, it is nevertheless a harrowing experience for those to whom this sort of story appeals.
    Full Review » 10 years ago
  • Duane Byrge Hollywood Reporter (Top Critic)
    In its very calibrations, from Scott Alan Kosar's edgy, spooky script to Anderson's provocative visualizations of Trevor's disintegrating mind-set, The Machinist is a gem.
    Full Review » 11 years ago