Generally favorable reviews - based on 32 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 32
  2. Negative: 2 out of 32
  1. Reviewed by: Duane Byrge
    A brilliantly honed tale of dementia, starring a skeletal Christian Bale as a tormented insomniac wasting away and terrorized by his irreal existence.
  2. 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.
  3. Bale is totally convincing, if not especially endearing.
  4. Psychological suspense at its finest.
User Score

Universal acclaim- based on 179 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 44 out of 50
  2. Negative: 4 out of 50
  1. Oct 1, 2011
    Director Brad Anderson's "The Machinist" provides a great script with precise dialogue. However the film mostly succeeds in shocking the audience by the amazing performance of Christian Bale. Full Review »
  2. Aug 20, 2014
    The Machinist is absolutely riveting. Anderson has create the type of movie where the viewer never knows what's real and what's not, and there is a reasonable doubt to everything. Once it is revealed why the situation is like it is, everything makes sense. Aside from that, Christian acts wonderfully and is obviously committed to the role with how much weight he had to lose. There are subliminal messages, red herrings, and many hints expertly scattered throughout, as well as some meaningful themes and values. For those who like this genre, it's a must-see. Full Review »
  3. Jul 13, 2014
    The Machinist is a wonderful psychological thriller with Christian Bale. His character thinks there is a
    conspiracy against him where he
    works. Bale is paranoid but in the movie he hasn't slept in a year,
    this is why he acts strangely. Overall the movie has a brilliant plot that you won't unravel until
    the last moments of the movie, A+.
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