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3/28/2011 by Lisa AlspectorThe 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 ThomsonIt'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 EdelsteinAmerican 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 CorlissIt needs to be seen and appreciated, like a serpent in a glass cage.
5/30/2008 by Dennis HarveyHarron's Psycho reps an impressive reclaiming of dubious material.
3/31/2008 by David AnsenConceptually, this savage cartoon ends up as trapped in surfaces as its shallow antihero: it's all dressed up with nowhere to go.
2/9/2006The 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 RainerClearly, Harron is sold on the Bateman-as-metaphor bit, and, like Ellis, she overconceptualizes everything.
10/29/2002 by Ella TaylorAt once a sharp satire and an earnest study in the deadly consequences of moral vacancy.
San Francisco Chronicle
6/18/2002 by Edward GuthmannFunny-one-minute, horrifying-the-next film.
Globe and Mail
3/19/2002 by Rick GroenA well-crafted yet essentially innocuous period piece.
5/10/2001 by Peter TraversAn uneven movie that nonetheless bristles with stinging wit and exerts a perverse fascination.
3/21/2001 by Steve MurrayA visually chilly but often very funny satire of American greed and conspicuous consumption.
1/1/2000 by Michael AtkinsonThe film's details are spot-on, its tone ludicrously ironic.
San Jose Mercury News
1/1/2000 by Glenn LovellMuch of American Psycho feels like déjà vu.
Los Angeles Times
1/1/2000 by Kenneth TuranStillborn, pointless piece of work.
1/1/2000 by John HartlJust doesn't make the case that this book was worth filming.
1/1/2000 by James BerardinelliIt 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 EbertChristian 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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