A History of Violence Reviews

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April 15, 2013
The less you know about this movie before seeing it -- and you really should see it -- the better.
April 15, 2013
Cronenberg's direction, mirroring the split in Tom, is alternately measured and frighteningly explosive, and, as always, he gives the movie a nasty underlay of sexual perversity.
April 15, 2013
This peculiarly predictable picture has been calculated, or miscalculated, to set up certain expectations, fulfill them, and then do the same thing again, thereby giving us a chance to see what's coming and, at least in theory, be shocked.
February 27, 2007
May 12, 2006
A remarkably convincing examination of heroism, hero worship, and the seductive allure of villainy.
March 10, 2006
There's nothing more off-putting than being treated like a guinea pig.
June 5, 2019
A fully realized, wholly rendered, singular work of art.
April 26, 2019
This story could easily have fallen into Quentin Tarantino pop-violence territory, but Cronenberg, with tremendous skill, manages to use Hollywood cliché to pose questions about the world in which we live.
August 24, 2017
That's what Cronenberg is up to here; although the film has an overly facile, glossy edge to it, it's the very polish that makes you question the proceedings.
December 10, 2015
Hopefully [it will] encourage a sobering sense of responsibility and a more truthful perspective on identities (individual and national).
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