American History X Reviews

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August 19, 2011
Norton is an amazing actor, a hot-dog whose delight in transformation is infectious.
June 24, 2006
Two things hold the interest: Norton's astounding performance, and a feeling for the male reality of reactionary working class environments.
October 7, 2002
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.
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.
February 14, 2001
Though well-intentioned, turns out to be a simplistic and unconvincing look at a serious problem.
January 1, 2000
The tone is so muddled that there's a whiff of exploitation to this movie that's unsettling at best.
May 5, 2019
A tale of intergenerational racism and all it brings upon those who fall in line with a hideous ideology. Powerful, brutal, and takes proper aim at white supremacy.
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.
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.
December 14, 2010
This dark drama is not for kids.
May 25, 2009
If didactic and overwrought at times, it's also powerful and persuasive. [Blu-ray]
April 16, 2009
...thought provoking, yet unsettling...hard-hitting, yet compassionate. (Blu-ray Edition)
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.
July 23, 2007
Any idiot can make us wince at the ugliness of beatings and shootings.
October 30, 2006
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.
April 9, 2005
American History X is flawed, yes, but is a worthwhile film that covers territories not dealt with in recent years.
August 29, 2004
Pesado e incmodo, discute o racismo com inteligncia e conta com uma interpretao absolutamente impecvel de Edward Norton.
July 29, 2004
December 8, 2002
Derrick's journey to hell and the one back are portrayed organically and gradually.
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