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The Machinist

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Spain, France, United Kingdom · 2004
Rated R · 1h 41m
Director Brad Anderson
Starring Christian Bale, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Aitana Sánchez-Gijón, John Sharian
Genre Drama, Thriller

Trevor Raznik, a lathe operator in a machine shop, hasn't slept in over a year. His debilitating insomnia has taken an extreme toll on his mental and physical health, eventually causing an accident that severely injures a coworker. Troubled by the incident, Trevor descends further and further into paranoia.

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L.A. Weekly by

In a way, though, it’s all Bale's show. Withering down to an alarming 120 pounds, he delivers a deeply obsessed performance that leaves us both fascinated and sickened.


Entertainment Weekly by Lisa Schwarzbaum

Bale exists all too large under the circumstances, a well-fed actor playing at emaciation for the sake of a fiction about a character whose torment is as unreadable as his vertebrae are countable.


The A.V. Club by Nathan Rabin

Unrelentingly dreary, and seemingly destined to be remembered, if at all, as that movie Christian Bale lost a full third of his body weight for. It doesn't deserve any better.


Rolling Stone by Peter Travers

Director Brad Anderson tightens the screws of suspense, but it's Bale's gripping, beyond-the-call-of-duty performance that holds you in thrall.


Variety by Todd McCarthy

An intense, precision-controlled psychological mystery built around a very creepy lead performance by Christian Bale.

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