Patrick Bateman, a young, well-to-do man working on Wall Street at his father's company kills for no reason at all. As his life progresses his hatred for the world becomes more and more intense. Based on the book by Bret Easton Ellis.
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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144 critic reviews
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3/28/2011 by Lisa Alspector
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.
3/28/2011 by Desson Thomson
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?
3/28/2011 by David Edelstein
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?
3/28/2011 by Richard Corliss
It needs to be seen and appreciated, like a serpent in a glass cage.
5/30/2008 by Dennis Harvey
Harron's Psycho reps an impressive reclaiming of dubious material.
3/31/2008 by David Ansen
Conceptually, this savage cartoon ends up as trapped in surfaces as its shallow antihero: it's all dressed up with nowhere to go.
The film makes wonderfully unsettling entertainment; crucially -- and gloriously -- Bale nails Bateman with a sublimely dead-eyed and deadpan performance.
New York Magazine/Vulture
8/7/2004 by Peter Rainer
Clearly, Harron is sold on the Bateman-as-metaphor bit, and, like Ellis, she overconceptualizes everything.
10/29/2002 by Ella Taylor
At once a sharp satire and an earnest study in the deadly consequences of moral vacancy.
San Francisco Chronicle
6/18/2002 by Edward Guthmann
Funny-one-minute, horrifying-the-next film.
Globe and Mail
3/19/2002 by Rick Groen
A well-crafted yet essentially innocuous period piece.
5/10/2001 by Peter Travers
An uneven movie that nonetheless bristles with stinging wit and exerts a perverse fascination.
3/21/2001 by Steve Murray
A visually chilly but often very funny satire of American greed and conspicuous consumption.
1/1/2000 by Michael Atkinson
The film's details are spot-on, its tone ludicrously ironic.
San Jose Mercury News
1/1/2000 by Glenn Lovell
Much of American Psycho feels like déjà vu.
Los Angeles Times
1/1/2000 by Kenneth Turan
Stillborn, pointless piece of work.
1/1/2000 by John Hartl
Just doesn't make the case that this book was worth filming.
1/1/2000 by James Berardinelli
It represents one of the most daring, inventive, and invigorating movies to reach the screen during the dreary first half of 2000.
1/1/2000 by Roger Ebert
Christian Bale is heroic in the way he allows the character to leap joyfully into despicability; there is no instinct for self-preservation here, and that is one mark of a good actor.
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