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A History of Violence Reviews

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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.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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).
Full Review | Original Score: A-
October 4, 2013
A fascinating exercise in cinematic restraint resulting in a captivating, not to be missed film.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
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.
| Original Score: 4/5
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.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 83/100
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
July 14, 2007
Mr. Mortensen and the sparse, intelligent script hold it together.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
June 21, 2007
The master is back, with this remarkably accessible tale of anger and revenge.
Full Review | Original Score: A
February 8, 2007
Shows its stuff as both suspenseful, eloquent storytelling, while giving rise to larger cultural questions connected to the entrenched institutionalization of aggression as a major means of problem solving in this country.
November 11, 2006
A History of Violence develops with the singleness of purpose, and the rigor, of a mathematical demonstration, one that begins with a commonly accepted truth and ends with brains spattered across the floor.
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