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A History of Violence Reviews

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Mark R. Leeper

The plot is really very close to being a 1950s Western plot warmed over. This is a film with good and bad elements, but the good elements I have been familiar in films for almost half a century.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: low +1 out of -4..+4

October 15, 2005
Sandra Hall
Sydney Morning Herald

There's nothing more off-putting than being treated like a guinea pig.

Full Review Source: Sydney Morning Herald

March 10, 2006
Joshua Tyler

There's a gripping, intense experience buried in History of Violence, but Cronenberg's embarrassing and awkward unfamiliarity with normalcy degrades it.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 3/5

September 21, 2005
Mike Ward

With no real heroes, no real lessons and no real resolution, it leaves a lingering sense of 'huh?' But damnit if those exit wounds aren't memorable.

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September 29, 2005
Jeremiah Kipp
Slant Magazine

Based on a graphic novel, this material is treated like the one-dimensional juvenilia of ham-fisted comic books.

Full Review Source: Slant Magazine | Original Score: 2/4

September 16, 2005
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews

A History of Violence feels like an academic exercise for its creator, Cronenberg, rather than an effort to bring cinematic life to a graphic novel.

Full Review Source: Reeling Reviews | Original Score: C+

September 22, 2005
Rob Blackwelder

David Cronenberg is out of his element in A History of Violence, and it shows.

Full Review Source: SPLICEDWire | Original Score: 2/4

September 23, 2005
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice

A flawed and unimpressive meditation on violence.

Full Review | Original Score: 1.5

September 27, 2005
Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
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As a history of Cronenberg, it's a good introductory lecture, detailing his careful composition, mastery of unease and complicated thematic interests. As a Cronenberg film though, it's figuratively bloodless, without any real body to it at all.

Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger | Original Score: 2.5/4

September 23, 2005

The film has a very good cast and it is an interesting story but it does have an odd pace.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 3/5

September 23, 2005
Bill Clark

A fine example of how a moody script and an overzealous director can bring a film down.

Full Review Source: FromTheBalcony | Original Score: C-

September 15, 2005
Jeanne Kaplan
Kaplan vs. Kaplan

I know this film is the critics' darling, but this critic is here to tell you, take a pass.

Full Review

October 6, 2005
David Kaplan
Kaplan vs. Kaplan

The movie never regains the momentum that it had from its promising beginning.

Full Review

October 6, 2005
Thomas Delapa
Boulder Weekly

Will go down in film history as an ambitious failure.

Full Review Source: Boulder Weekly

October 7, 2005
Edward Havens

Eventually does not hold up due to its own ambivalence towards its subject matter.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: C

September 23, 2005
Dustin Putman

Holds a classy A-list sheen and faux attempts at bringing importance to what, in essence, is actually empty-headed and off-puttingly manipulative.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 1.5/4

September 22, 2005
Jeff Strickler
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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The first half of the story -- the one shrouded in doubt -- is much more effective than the second half, which is shrouded in bloodletting.

Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune | Original Score: 2.5/4

September 29, 2005
Forrest Hartman
Reno Gazette-Journal

It's impossible to recommend a movie that fails at its most basic level, in this case as a thriller.

Full Review Source: Reno Gazette-Journal | Original Score: 2.5/4

October 7, 2005
Alex Sandell
Juicy Cerebellum

Olson should have studied a history of screenwriting before attempting to adapt A History of Violence. One of the most aimless, derivative films to ever be overrated.

Full Review Source: Juicy Cerebellum | Original Score: 4/10

October 17, 2005
Jimmy O
Film Snobs

Cronenberg denounces violence by celebrating it. That in itself is more troubling than anything he portrays with A History of Violence.

Full Review Source: Film Snobs | Original Score: 2/5

October 2, 2005
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