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The Machinist

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Brad Anderson

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About the Movie

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.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 142
  • Fresh: 109
  • Rotten: 33
  • Average Rating: 6.6/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: Mainly this is all Bale's show. He is strangely sympathetic, taking us right into Trevor's pain without any special pleading. – Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle, Jun 24, 2010

Fresh: The director Brad Anderson, working from a screenplay by Scott Kosar, wants to convey a state of mind, and he and Bale do that with disturbing effectiveness. – Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times, Jun 24, 2010

Fresh: 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. – Andrea Gronvall, Chicago Reader, Oct 24, 2011

Rotten: It begins dark and depressing, but ends up merely dull. – Tom Long, Detroit News, Jun 24, 2010

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Customer Reviews


An amazing story, beautiful cinematography, and best of all, an incredible performance from Christian Bale (which should have been recognized by the Academy). Christian Bale is a dedicated actor, bringing his body weight to a dangerously low 95lbs. This film is well worth the price of $9.99!

Good job by all on this one...

Fantastic movie! Christian Bale does a terrific job both on screen and off (he apparently lost a lot of weight to play this part). I thought the film did a good job of keeping you guessing about what was "eating" at the main character until the end when all was made apparent.

Buy It And Watch It ASAP

This is simply a good - atmospheric - moody movie to makes you think a lot....Christian Bale's performance is amazing!!!!!......not only his body is gonna disappear right in front of you'd better not miss it....

The Machinist
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  • $6.99
  • Genre: Thriller
  • Released: 2004

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