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American Psycho (2000)



Critic Consensus: If it falls short of the deadly satire of Bret Easton Ellis's novel, American Psycho still finds its own blend of horror and humor, thanks in part to a fittingly creepy performance by Christian Bale.

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Patrick Bateman (Christian Bale) is a Wall Street yuppie, obsessed with success, status and style, with a stunning fiancée (Reese Witherspoon). He is also a psychotic killer who rapes, murders, and dismembers both strangers and acquaintances without provocation or purpose. Based on the controversial novel, the film offers a sharp satire to the dark side of yuppie culture in the '80s, while setting forth a vision that is both terrifying and chilling.

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Christian Bale
as Patrick Bateman
Willem Dafoe
as Det. Donald Kimball
Jared Leto
as Paul Allen
Josh Lucas
as Craig McDermott
Samantha Mathis
as Courtney Rawlinson
Reese Witherspoon
as Evelyn Williams
Matt Ross
as Luis Carruthers
Cara Seymour
as Christie
Justin Theroux
as Timothy Bryce
Bill Sage
as David Van Patten
Stephen Bogaert
as Harold Carnes
Reg E. Cathey
as Homeless Man
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Critic Reviews for American Psycho

All Critics (150) | Top Critics (43)

The slick satire cleverly equates materialism, narcissism, misogyny, and classism with homicide, but you may laugh so loud at the protagonist that you won't be able to hear yourself laughing with him.

March 28, 2011 | Full Review…

It's hard to summon up enthusiasm for a performance so rooted in bloody banality. I mean, as Patrick, Bale's most emotionally pressing dilemma is: Chainsaw or butcher knife?

March 28, 2011 | Full Review…

American Psycho is nearly perfect for what it is, but before we go on, we should ask what that actually amounts to. Can something with so rigid a thesis be a real work of art?

March 28, 2011 | Full Review…

It needs to be seen and appreciated, like a serpent in a glass cage.

March 28, 2011 | Full Review…

Harron's Psycho reps an impressive reclaiming of dubious material.

May 30, 2008

Conceptually, this savage cartoon ends up as trapped in surfaces as its shallow antihero: it's all dressed up with nowhere to go.

March 31, 2008 | Full Review…
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A brilliant horror film that has more than its fair share of dark humour. A yuppie loses the plot and ends up killing people between facial packs, working out and dining at the best restaurants!

Dean King
Dean King

Super Reviewer

Put on a show, Christian.

Spencer Macklin
Spencer Macklin

Super Reviewer

It's all soooo predictable. Sunday. Monday. Tuesday. Yada, yada, yada. Everything. Even what people say. Especially what people say. The banality of the very height of civilization creeps through you, becomes you, how can one NOT feel ... worthless? Maniacal? Great fun look at modern obsessions. Loved it.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

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