A History of Violence - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

A History of Violence Reviews

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Top Critic
Ken Tucker
New York Magazine/Vulture
May 12, 2006
A remarkably convincing examination of heroism, hero worship, and the seductive allure of villainy.
Sandra Hall
Sydney Morning Herald
March 10, 2006
There's nothing more off-putting than being treated like a guinea pig.
Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile
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
Enrique Buchichio
Uruguay Total
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
Andy Klein
Los Angeles CityBeat
December 15, 2005
I have no doubt that the humor is intentional, but it serves to undercut the whole thematic conflict.
Michael Ferraro
Film Threat
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
| Original Score: 5/5
Anthony Quinn
Independent (UK)
December 6, 2005
What Mortensen does brilliantly is to keep us guessing.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher
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.
Pablo Villaça
Cinema em Cena
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
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
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
Mark Sells
Oregon Herald
October 31, 2005
Never does it deviate from Cronenberg's primal instincts.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Kevin A. Ranson
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
Jackie K. Cooper
October 26, 2005
Three-fourths of this movie is great, but don't get me started on that ending.
Full Review| Original Score: 7/10
Mark Pfeiffer
Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema
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+
Ross Anthony
Hollywood Report Card
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
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
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
Sean McBride
Sean the Movie Guy
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
Mike McGranaghan
Aisle Seat
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
Audrey Rock-Richardson
Tooele Transcript-Bulletin (Utah)
October 17, 2005
Strangely absorbing but extreme and implausible.
Full Review| Original Score: C+
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