Film Review



A stinging indictment of a particular way of life at at very particular time and place in America, Mary Harron’s go-for-the-jugular adaptation of Bret Easton Ellis’ incendiary novel features scalpel-sharp satire, upended expectations, hilarious performances from an absurdly deep ensemble, and a sleek visual style that speaks to the various themes of loneliness, isolation, identity, and mental anguish being explored in the multilayered narrative. Christian Bale’s towering performance as the now-iconic Patrick Bateman anchors this deranged tale of obsession, jealousy, and high-end business cards, with Jared Leto, Josh Lucas, Willem Dafoe, Chloe Sevigny, Justin Theroux, Matt Ross, Bill Sage, Reese Witherspoon, Samantha Mathis, and Cara Seymour all offering terrific supporting performances while all individually getting one or two big moments to shine. This film has so many quotable lines of dialogue and so many genuinely funny sequences that it’s no surprise that it’s become a cult favorite in the years since its in-and-out theatrical release. And considering how phenomenal and beloved that this film is and has become, it’s shocking that Harron hasn’t worked more than twice since American Psycho was released in the spring of 2000.


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