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American Psycho

In Theatre : April 14, 2000
Director(s): Mary Harron

The Bret Easton Ellis novel American Psycho, a dark, violent satire of the "me" culture of Ronald Reagan's 1980s, is certainly one of the most controversial books of the '90s, and that notoriety fueled its bestseller status.

This smart, savvy adaptation by Mary Harron (I Shot Andy Warhol) may be able to ride the crest of the notoriety; prior to the film's release, Harron fought a ratings battle (ironically, for depictions of sex rather than violence), but at the time the director stated, "We're rescuing [the book] from its own bad reputation."

Harron and co-screenwriter Guinevere Turner (Go Fish) overcome many of the objections of Ellis's novel by keeping the most extreme violence offscreen (sometimes just barely), suggesting the reign of terror of yuppie killer Patrick Bateman (Christian Bale) with splashes of blood and personal souvenirs. Bale is razor sharp as the blank corporate drone, a preening tiger in designer suits whose speaking voice is part salesman, part self-help guru, and completely artificial.

Carrying himself with the poised confidence of a male model, he spends his days in a numbing world of status-symbol one-upmanship and soul-sapping small talk, but breaks out at night with smirking explosions of homicide, accomplished with the fastidious care of a hopeless obsessive.

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American Psycho Review by LoudLon

Often times things not lost in translation are lost instead in interpretation. Take, for example, the novel American Psycho. Written by Bret Easton Ellis, who also penned the novels Rules of Attraction and Less Than Zero...
American Psycho Review by Googopqp

HAHA! What can I say about this. It is funny, sometimes extremely funny, and it is a get into the mind of the psycho kind of movie which is fucking love to watch. Movies like Henry:Portrait of a Serial Killer that follow...
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American Psycho (2000) This is the film they said could never be filmed, and here I sit holding the new special edition DVD.   American Psycho is the story of 27 year old Patrick Bateman, your typical Wall Street yupp...
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Patrick Bateman, a successful business man, thirsts for blood.  As his bloodlust gets stronger, the boddy count gets higher.  It becomes so out of control that he starts to lose his mind. This film is what hor...
American Psycho Review by Dean Valent

American Psycho, that title makes me grin. It really does, and not simply because of the fascination with killers I have developed over the years. No. It is simply put, a dark comedy, a satire on the 1980's culture of th...
American Psycho Review by Constantce

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