“It is a scene expertly written, filmed and acted. After Lena walks away, Russell is left alone on a bridge. Without any attention-grabbing histrionics, Christian Bale plays every moment of that scene so perfectly, you feel as if you’re eavesdropping on real life.
One hesitates to dive into the reference bag to say “a young Brando” when lauding a performance, but Bale is that good here. That GREAT here.”
RIchard Roeper, Chicago Sun-Times (x)
“Bale’s part may not be as showy, but at least one moment — when Russell hears a pivotal piece of news on one of Braddock’s bridges — could stand the test of time as a mini-master class in the art of screen acting.”
Anne Hornaday, Washington Post (x)