American Psycho Review

Movie ReviewsKim GarciaComment

American Psycho 

I watched this movie years ago and it has stayed with me ever since. Based on the novel by Bret Easton Ellis, American Psycho approaches mental illness in a way that is... unorthodox. You’ll find yourself in a state of perplexity and wonder as the story unravels and reveals what can be perceived as deep societal flaws. 

While your brain works overtime to try to answer the question that keeps popping up in your head, “What the hell is going on?” you wonder if the mentally ill Patrick Bateman played by Christian Bale is indeed.. just mentally ill, or is he on to something? 

Before I dive any deeper into this mind numbing, but brilliant film, Christian Bale deserves some much deserved praise for his performance in American Psycho. I can’t imagine anyone else playing Patrick Bateman. Personally, I believe that great acting comes down to the little details, and here, Christian Bale makes every second count! (It doesn’t hurt that he’s good looking, too). 

Films that keep you guessing and force you to enter a part of your brain that’s unfamiliar are worth watching. American Psycho is exceptional for a list of reasons, but primarily for it’s ability to make you THINK. 

If you’re looking for a popcorn movie, this is not it (although popcorn tastes great with any movie). I will warn you however, this film relies heavily on satire. It’s abundant in dark humor and there will be times where you might experience some visual discomfort, but it’s worth every bit of it. The standard for creativity is evidently high, the film is executed brilliantly, and it successfully leaves you with something many modern movies rarely leave you with: enlightened. 




Go ahead and watch the film. Do you think Christian Bale is simply an american psycho, or is he on to something? What do you think of the ending?