• R, 1 hr. 58 min.
  • Drama
  • Directed By:
    Tony Kaye
    In Theaters:
    Oct 30, 1998 Wide
    On DVD:
    Apr 6, 1999
  • New Line Cinema

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American History X Reviews

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Blake Howard
2UE That Movie Show

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 Source: 2UE That Movie Show | Original Score: 4.5/5

May 16, 2012
David Edelstein
Slate
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Norton is an amazing actor, a hot-dog whose delight in transformation is infectious.

Full Review Source: Slate

August 19, 2011

Film4

A well-made, well-acted and often violent film that offers a compelling portrait of redemption and the destructive nature of racism.

Full Review Source: Film4 | Original Score: 4/5

August 19, 2011
Charles Cassady
Common Sense Media

This dark drama is not for kids.

Full Review Source: Common Sense Media | Original Score: 2/5

December 14, 2010
Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews

If didactic and overwrought at times, it's also powerful and persuasive. [Blu-ray]

Full Review Source: Groucho Reviews | Original Score: 3.5/4

May 25, 2009
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis

...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 Source: Movie Metropolis | Original Score: 7/10

April 16, 2009
Rob Gonsalves
eFilmCritic.com

Any idiot can make us wince at the ugliness of beatings and shootings.

Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com | Original Score: 1/5

July 23, 2007
Geoff Andrew
Time Out
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Two things hold the interest: Norton's astounding performance, and a feeling for the male reality of reactionary working class environments.

Full Review Source: Time Out

June 24, 2006
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com

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 Source: EmanuelLevy.Com | Original Score: 3/5

February 26, 2006
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews

American History X is flawed, yes, but is a worthwhile film that covers territories not dealt with in recent years.

Full Review Source: Reeling Reviews | Original Score: B

April 9, 2005
Pablo Villaca
Cinema em Cena

Pesado e incômodo, discute o racismo com inteligência e conta com uma interpretação absolutamente impecável de Edward Norton.

| Original Score: 5/5

August 29, 2004
Ron Wells
Film Threat

Derrick's journey to hell and the one back are portrayed organically and gradually.

Full Review Source: Film Threat | Original Score: 4/5

December 8, 2002
Nate Yapp
CinemaBlend.com

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.

Full Review Source: CinemaBlend.com

November 16, 2002
Margaret A. McGurk
Cincinnati Enquirer

It is Edward Norton's riveting performance as a smart kid seduced by horrible ideas that makes the story real.

Full Review Source: Cincinnati Enquirer | Original Score: 3.5/4

October 15, 2002
Manohla Dargis
L.A. Weekly
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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.

Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly

October 7, 2002
Kevin N. Laforest
Montreal Film Journal

The film stars the electrifying Edward Norton in his best performance to date.

Full Review Source: Montreal Film Journal | Original Score: 4/4

September 10, 2002
Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
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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 Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 2.5/4

April 12, 2002
Peter Keough
Boston Phoenix

Clumsy and exploitative.

Full Review Source: Boston Phoenix

March 24, 2002
Andrew O'Hehir
Sight and Sound

A work of impressive scale and craft and not a movie that's easy to dismiss in the end.

Full Review Source: Sight and Sound

March 3, 2002
Louis B. Hobson
Jam! Movies

The film works because Norton's performance is so rivetting and uncompromising.

January 15, 2002
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