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American History X Reviews

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.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
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
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
Arrestingly photographed, and boasting another intelligent and muscular performance by the chameleon-like Edward Norton, American History X is good!
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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
While this movie is sometimes overbaked, it is the first major studio release in a while to engross wall-to-wall.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
January 1, 2000
This jolting, superbly acted film will draw serious-minded upscale viewers interested in cutting-edge fare and the latest outstanding performance by Edward Norton.
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
A compelling, if somewhat choppy, tragic drama!
January 1, 2000
Kaye wants to say something about what produces a skinhead today, and though he doesn't succeed fully in this endeavor, he does take us a significant part of the way.
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
January 1, 2000
An intelligently provocative film!
January 1, 2000
American History X has enough fiery acting and provocative bombast to make its impact felt!
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
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
Riveting!
Full Review | Original Score: B+
January 1, 2000
A very good film with some dazzling moments and one truly outstanding performance!
January 1, 2000
Shockingly powerful!
January 1, 2000
This journey to unpleasantville is too often manipulative and strains to maintain tension.
January 1, 2000
A confused, randomly compelling family melodrama.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
January 1, 2000
The ending is a misfire.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
January 1, 2000
American History X pulls open the wound of American racism and peers inside!