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The Machinist (2004)



Critic Consensus: Brad Anderson's dark psychological thriller about a sleepless factory worker is elevated by Christian Bale astonishingly committed performance.

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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 started to wear down on his brain and his body. When he's involved in an accident at work, his co-workers turn against him. He starts to find strange notes in his apartment and see people that apparently aren't there. Jennifer Jason Leigh stars as call girl Stevie. The Machinist premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2004. ~ Andrea LeVasseur, Rovi

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Christian Bale
as Trevor Reznik
Anna Massey
as Mrs. Shrike
Robert Long
as Supervisor Furman
Colin Stinton
as Inspector Rogers
Ferran Lahoz
as Gonzales
Jeremy Xidu
as Evangelisti
Norman Bell
as DMV Clerk
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Critic Reviews for The Machinist

All Critics (143) | Top Critics (45)

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.

October 24, 2011 | Full Review…

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.

April 1, 2006 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

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.

February 9, 2006 | Full Review…

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.

June 10, 2005 | Full Review…

A gimmick with no real payoff.

May 4, 2005 | Rating: C | Full Review…

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...

March 1, 2005

Audience Reviews for The Machinist


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 his unbelievable dedication (mostly physical) in this intriguing thriller about the unbearable weight of guilt.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

Shades of Alfred Hitchcock and Rod Serling permeate this excruciating trip through the realm of hallucinatory insomnia ... and one hell of a guilt trip. Spot-on performances and a blue noirish atmosphere complete this pretty good Los Angeles hair puller that was actually shot in Barcelona.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

Bale is amazing, as always. But this is a strange film.

Christian C
Christian C

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