• 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
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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


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
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
Garth Franklin
Dark Horizons

Full Review Source: Dark Horizons | Original Score: 3.5/4

October 30, 2006
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

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
Dragan Antulov

Full Review | Original Score: 7/10

July 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

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
James Rocchi

Full Review Source: Netflix | Original Score: 5/5

November 7, 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
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
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

Con soberbias actuaciones, ejemplifica como el racismo es una de las ideas más huecas y estúpidas que tiene el ser humano

Full Review Source: Moviola | Original Score: 3.5/4

March 14, 2001
Matt Prigge
January 1, 2000
Ray Pride
January 1, 2000
Sam Adams
Philadelphia City Paper
January 1, 2000

Irish Times

January 1, 2000
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