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A History of Violence Reviews

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September 28, 2006
Cronenberg's masterful, intelligent and gripping meta-thriller leaves us pondering about our enduringly perverse desire for alternative realities, in which surrogate violent alter egos run righteously and preposterously amok.
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.
March 4, 2006
A tantalisingly explosive film about inner conflicts and secrets... a sublime psychological thriller in a western setting.
February 7, 2006
A strange David Cronenberg movie, and not in the usual audaciously morbid way. A brooding, contemplative picture that's tough, tight and masterfully controlled.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
January 12, 2006
Lo más reciente del canadiense David Cronenberg es un sólido thriller, casi de factura clásica, sobre las ramificaciones de la violencia.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
December 15, 2005
I have no doubt that the humor is intentional, but it serves to undercut the whole thematic conflict.
December 6, 2005
There are elements in this film that are 100% Cronenberg (the beautiful violence we so rarely see these days, subtle weird humor), but this is not your typical Cronenberg
Read More | Original Score: 5/5
December 6, 2005
What Mortensen does brilliantly is to keep us guessing.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
November 11, 2005
See this movie -- I promise it won't be like any other movie you've ever seen, and may well change the way you look at violence in the movies.
November 11, 2005
Tematicamente ambicioso, demonstra ter segurança suficiente da força de sua narrativa ao permitir que o espectador saia do cinema sem estar completamente certo de como tudo terminou. E esta talvez seja uma de suas maiores virtudes.
| Original Score: 4/5
November 1, 2005
It is less an exploration of violence in America and more of a portrayal of a prototypical alpha male.
Full Review | Original Score: B
October 31, 2005
Never does it deviate from Cronenberg's primal instincts.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
October 27, 2005
... like biting into a sour pickle hidden in the bottom of your ice cream cone... simply fails to deliver what it promises to fulfill another agenda.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.0/4.0
October 26, 2005
Three-fourths of this movie is great, but don't get me started on that ending.
Full ReviewRead More | Original Score: 7/10
October 26, 2005
A History of Violence takes nostalgic ideas of the so-called good old days and exposes the truth of human behavior that such rosy views obscure.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
October 25, 2005
I have mixed feelings. Cool, engaging, well acted (William Hurt is brilliant). But could have used a bit more shaving in the editing room and a bit messy on point.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
October 20, 2005
On the surface, this may seem just a violent gangster yarn, but Cronenberg has opened the door to a train of thought that becomes more disturbing the longer you consider it.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
October 19, 2005
a pretty good little thriller, but clocking in at only 95 minutes, it doesn't have enough meat to be a truly satisfying drama.
Full Review| Original Score: 3/4
October 18, 2005
[David Cronenberg] no doubt wanted to say something profound about the nature of violence, but his approach betrays his intentions.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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