The Machinist

User Score
8.8

Universal acclaim- based on 340 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Negative: 6 out of 340

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  1. TimH
    Jun 29, 2009
    4
    If you've seen any episode of Serling's Twilight Zone, you've already seen The Machinist.
  2. johnnyb
    Nov 7, 2004
    6
    An above average movie purely because Bale is the finest young actor of this generation.
  3. May 19, 2013
    5
    Brad Anderson's "The Machinist" had a lot of hype but ultimately left us feeling underwhelmed. From the first twenty minutes, the film continued in a predictable manner. With a main character who was frankly clueless and showed absolutely no prior thought behind his actions, it made me feel uncomfortable to watch him try to figure out the mystery that unfolded. Although the end of theBrad Anderson's "The Machinist" had a lot of hype but ultimately left us feeling underwhelmed. From the first twenty minutes, the film continued in a predictable manner. With a main character who was frankly clueless and showed absolutely no prior thought behind his actions, it made me feel uncomfortable to watch him try to figure out the mystery that unfolded. Although the end of the movie wasn't necessarily unexpected, it wasn't surprising, and almost came out of the blue. This film wound up being a desperate attempt at the avant-garde, and didn't really work as well as it could have. Expand
Metascore
61

Generally favorable reviews - based on 32 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 32
  2. Negative: 2 out of 32
  1. 80
    The Machinist is so brave and visually impressive, it should demand an audience.
  2. A brilliantly honed tale of dementia, starring a skeletal Christian Bale as a tormented insomniac wasting away and terrorized by his irreal existence.
  3. 75
    Director Brad Anderson tightens the screws of suspense, but it's Bale's gripping, beyond-the-call-of-duty performance that holds you in thrall.