American History X - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

American History X Reviews

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Blake Howard
2UE That Movie Show
May 16, 2012
American History X advocates that "those who ignore history are doomed to repeat it"? It's a powerful social document and should be part of your film watching curriculum.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Top Critic
August 19, 2011
Norton is an amazing actor, a hot-dog whose delight in transformation is infectious.

August 19, 2011
A well-made, well-acted and often violent film that offers a compelling portrait of redemption and the destructive nature of racism.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Charles Cassady
Common Sense Media
December 14, 2010
This dark drama is not for kids.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews
May 25, 2009
If didactic and overwrought at times, it's also powerful and persuasive. [Blu-ray]
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis
April 16, 2009
...a violent film on a weighty topic...frank and honest, its characters, actions, and ideas compelling the viewer to look further and become involved.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Rob Gonsalves
July 23, 2007
Any idiot can make us wince at the ugliness of beatings and shootings.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Top Critic
Geoff Andrew
Time Out
June 24, 2006
Two things hold the interest: Norton's astounding performance, and a feeling for the male reality of reactionary working class environments.
Emanuel Levy
February 26, 2006
Well-intentioned and well-acted but unconvicning, this saga provides an instructive example to the simplistic approach taken by movies when tackling the social problem of racism.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews
April 9, 2005
American History X is flawed, yes, but is a worthwhile film that covers territories not dealt with in recent years.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Pablo Villaça
Cinema em Cena
August 29, 2004
Pesado e incômodo, discute o racismo com inteligência e conta com uma interpretação absolutamente impecável de Edward Norton.
| Original Score: 5/5
Ron Wells
Film Threat
December 8, 2002
Derrick's journey to hell and the one back are portrayed organically and gradually.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Nate Yapp
November 16, 2002
If the message of the film gets a bit didatic, or the storyline balance is a little off ... it hardly matters in the end. American History X is unrelenting.
Margaret A. McGurk
Cincinnati Enquirer
October 15, 2002
It is Edward Norton's riveting performance as a smart kid seduced by horrible ideas that makes the story real.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Top Critic
Manohla Dargis
L.A. Weekly
October 7, 2002
The problem is that Kaye, who's used to selling cars on TV, shoots Derek the Hater as lovingly as he would a new Volkswagen.
Kevin N. Laforest
Montreal Film Journal
September 10, 2002
The film stars the electrifying Edward Norton in his best performance to date.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Top Critic
Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
April 12, 2002
What partly redeems American History X from its most preachy excesses -- and makes it worth seeing -- is a brilliant, career-high performance by actor Edward Norton.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Peter Keough
Boston Phoenix
March 24, 2002
Clumsy and exploitative.
Andrew O'Hehir
Sight and Sound
March 3, 2002
A work of impressive scale and craft and not a movie that's easy to dismiss in the end.
Louis B. Hobson
Jam! Movies
January 15, 2002
The film works because Norton's performance is so rivetting and uncompromising.
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