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: October 22, 2004
DVD Release Date: June 7, 2005
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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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Paul Byrnes
Sydney Morning Herald

Some people will pick up the clues early in The Machinist and some won't. I got some, not all, but I remained unengaged throughout, largely because of the film's deliberateness, which feels like lack of passion.

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Film4 Staff

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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Ian Nathan
Empire Magazine

A few scenes into the gloom and you'll have a good idea what is generally up, if not the specifics, making the journey toward the eventual, inevitable twist fairly one-dimensional.

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Nick Schager
Lessons of Darkness

A gimmick with no real payoff.

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Victoria Alexander

A brilliant, harrowing performance by Bale.

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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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Ben Walters
Sight & Sound

Bale's performance has the emotional weight to substantiate this body-art spectacle, ranging from prickly self-righteousness through panicked self-doubt to morbid self-pity...

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
Carlos Magalhães
Relying on a bluish palette of desaturated colors, Anderson creates a tense atmosphere of nightmare, but it is Christian Bale who deserves especial merit for… 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
Kevin M. Williams
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.
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