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.
| Original Score: 4.5/5
Norton is an amazing actor, a hot-dog whose delight in transformation is infectious.
A well-made, well-acted and often violent film that offers a compelling portrait of redemption and the destructive nature of racism.
| Original Score: 4/5
This dark drama is not for kids.
| Original Score: 2/5
If didactic and overwrought at times, it's also powerful and persuasive. [Blu-ray]
| Original Score: 3.5/4
...a violent film on a weighty topic...frank and honest, its characters, actions, and ideas compelling the viewer to look further and become involved.
| Original Score: 7/10
Any idiot can make us wince at the ugliness of beatings and shootings.
| Original Score: 1/5
Two things hold the interest: Norton's astounding performance, and a feeling for the male reality of reactionary working class environments.
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.
| Original Score: 3/5
American History X is flawed, yes, but is a worthwhile film that covers territories not dealt with in recent years.
| Original Score: B
Pesado e incômodo, discute o racismo com inteligência e conta com uma interpretação absolutamente impecável de Edward Norton.
| Original Score: 5/5
Derrick's journey to hell and the one back are portrayed organically and gradually.
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.
It is Edward Norton's riveting performance as a smart kid seduced by horrible ideas that makes the story real.
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.
The film stars the electrifying Edward Norton in his best performance to date.
| Original Score: 4/4
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.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Clumsy and exploitative.
A work of impressive scale and craft and not a movie that's easy to dismiss in the end.
The film works because Norton's performance is so rivetting and uncompromising.