American History X - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

American History X Reviews

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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.
July 23, 2007
Any idiot can make us wince at the ugliness of beatings and shootings.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
December 14, 2010
This dark drama is not for kids.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
January 1, 2000
The ending is a misfire.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
January 1, 2000
A confused, randomly compelling family melodrama.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
January 1, 2000
Among the biggest deficiencies in the story is the lack of proper motivation for Derek's beliefs and actions.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
January 1, 2000
The film's most incongruous and embarrassing scene is a black-on-white basketball game: shot like a Nike ad, it trivialises the subject.
January 1, 2000
if you've forgotten how to stay calm while somebody probes you with a pointed object such as racism -- stay home or make sure you watch this film to the end.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
January 1, 2000
Having reduced racism to a kind of adolescent coping mechanism, X takes a mildly curious path to its foregone conclusion, writer-director Tony Kaye putting his leads through the somehow comforting 'hood-film paces.
January 1, 2000
The tone is so muddled that there's a whiff of exploitation to this movie that's unsettling at best.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
January 1, 2000
When Hollywood attacks a volatile issue, it inevitably spoon-feeds you the main components of the issue several times over.
January 1, 2000
This journey to unpleasantville is too often manipulative and strains to maintain tension.
February 14, 2001
Though well-intentioned, turns out to be a simplistic and unconvincing look at a serious problem.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
March 24, 2002
Clumsy and exploitative.
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
January 1, 2000
The film is always interesting and sometimes compelling, and it contains more actual provocative thought than any American film on race since Do the Right Thing.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
January 1, 2000
American History X may be flawed, but it's not easily forgotten.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
November 7, 2002
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
January 1, 2000
Wields undeniable power despite its shaky dramatic contrivances.
October 30, 2006
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
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