A History of Violence Reviews

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November 19, 2019
Reveals its hand way too early, and then proceeds to deliver a second hour that left me cold.
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).
October 4, 2013
A fascinating exercise in cinematic restraint resulting in a captivating, not to be missed film.
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.
November 7, 2012
With A History Of Violence, Cronenberg uses the pulp gangster genre - as opposed to, say, sci-fi horror -- to draw us into a dialogue on our relationship as voyeurs to violence, both real and cinematic.
April 20, 2011
Without conceding any of his iconoclastic vision, Cronenberg has turned a genre film with classic Western overtones into a gripping psychological drama that examines the duality of man and his infatuation with the art of violence.
August 16, 2010
While it weakens in its final stretch...A History of Violence succeeds enormously thanks to the strength of its direction and performances.
June 23, 2010
A truly entertaining and engrossing study of violence, family, and our pasts eventually coming back to haunt us...
June 7, 2010
The violence that enters the characters' perfect domestic existence is permanent, and each act reveals truths about the people who use it and the audience who enjoys it.
September 1, 2009
Impeccable formal control to match audacity is mandatory, and Cronenberg provides it
February 14, 2009
The movie begins slowly, methodically, and builds increasingly toward a devastating climax.
January 15, 2008
It's one of the better dramas of the year so far -- even if at times it feels like an artistic genius is painting by numbers.
September 17, 2007
The tension builds in a slow boil, then ignites furiously when we're not quite ready for it.
July 14, 2007
Mr. Mortensen and the sparse, intelligent script hold it together.
June 21, 2007
The master is back, with this remarkably accessible tale of anger and revenge.
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