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

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
David Edelstein
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
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
Garth Franklin
Dark Horizons
October 30, 2006

Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Geoff Andrew
Time Out
Top Critic
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 Villaca
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
Dragan Antulov
July 29, 2004

Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
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.

James Rocchi
November 7, 2002

Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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
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
Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
Top Critic
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
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.

Jorge Avila Andrade
March 14, 2001

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

Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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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