The Machinist Synopsis
A man suffers from insomnia has not slept in a year begins to doubt his own sanity.
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The Hollywood Reporter

A brilliantly honed tale of dementia, starring a skeletal Christian Bale as a tormented insomniac wasting away and terrorized by his irreal...
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New York Post

By Megan Lehmann
Anderson gives The Machinist a sickly noirish look that contributes to the creeping horror - but it's the emaciated Bale's spectral...
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New York Daily News

By Jack Mathews
Bale gives a near-great performance as a man with all the symptoms of paranoid schizophrenia and the film weaves an ingenious psychological...
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San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
The film presents a compelling portrait of mental illness, but looking at Bale may make audiences feel as though they're watching a...
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Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
Director Brad Anderson tightens the screws of suspense, but it's Bale's gripping, beyond-the-call-of-duty performance that holds you in...
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Philadelphia Inquirer

By Carrie Rickey
In the hands of a less talented filmmaker, The Machinist would have felt like a stunt. But Anderson, with a terrific assist from Bale,...
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Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
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...
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USA Today

By Mike Clark
Give Anderson credit for at least sustaining a mood. This is the kind of all-or-nothing movie in which a filmmaker probably can't waver...
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Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
The main, if not only, reason to see The Machinist is for Christian Bale's title performance, and even then you have to be a fan of...
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Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
Bale exists all too large under the circumstances, a well-fed actor playing at emaciation for the sake of a fiction about a character whose...
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The Machinist

By Drez_Digital
Apart from christian bale losing 4 stone for the role that's about as interesting as the film is it soon becomes a slow,strange thriller with a story that's all over the place....

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By MongrolMan
This one is good to me, but I bet many others would hate this because it's very dark and relies on image rather than a complete story. I enjoyed it, but I played it safe with a "So-So"...


By lugubriousthespian
After the initial shock of seeing Christian Bale in his skeletal state playing the sleep-deprived, mentally unraveled character of Trevor Reznik, THE MACHINIST delivers on its intentions to be a very...


By Rbastian12
Christian Bale's performance and preparation for this film is unbeliveable, he completey commits to the role, racing through this suspense thriller as an insominac....

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Rated R | For violence and disturbing images, sexuality, and language