American History X Reviews

December 14, 2010
This dark drama is not for kids.
July 23, 2007
Any idiot can make us wince at the ugliness of beatings and shootings.
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.
March 24, 2002
Clumsy and exploitative.
February 14, 2001
Though well-intentioned, turns out to be a simplistic and unconvincing look at a serious problem.
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
This journey to unpleasantville is too often manipulative and strains to maintain tension.
January 1, 2000
The tone is so muddled that there's a whiff of exploitation to this movie that's unsettling at best.
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
The ending is a misfire.
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.
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
Among the biggest deficiencies in the story is the lack of proper motivation for Derek's beliefs and actions.
January 1, 2000
A confused, randomly compelling family melodrama.