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May 8, 2017
A History of Violence is the perfect small contained story. The entire cast is incredible epically Viggo Mortenson. David Cronenberg useses violence perfectly to get his message across. The script is great and really makes you think about what you would do in the characters situation.
May 7, 2017
I really enjoyed this punchy movie; thoroughly entertaining. Family drama/noir with a splattering of cronenbergian gore.
April 21, 2017
A History of Violence is a great movie with an enormous performance by Viggo Mortensen. Its a history of violence and family.
April 14, 2017
Gratuitous sex and violence, poor acting, but still interesting plot.
April 12, 2017
This is a great flick all the way around, from the slow, measured pacing, to the terrific cast and the sudden, sharp bursts of violence that punctuate the film.

Cronenberg knocks this one out of the park and creates a really interesting character, as even the audience is kept guessing just who Tom Stall might really be.

½ April 6, 2017
I had never heard of this movie. I loved the sex and violence. Vigo Mortensen is great and the supporting cast was well chosen. Some extra storyline that could in hindsight been trimmed. I liked how it went from a normal interaction to super violent. I didn't want it to end when it did, but I guess I would have complained about it going on too long if it had. I really liked this movie.
March 29, 2017
Another great drama by David Cronenberg that of course features his regular Viggo Mortensen.
"A History of Violence" is a great movie that captivates from the first moment. The movie unfolds in the typical "Cronenberg Style" layer by layer and piece by piece.
Mortensen delivers another amazing performance and shows why Cronenberg can always count on him. William Hurt, in his limited screen time, is even better and I wish we could've seen more of him.
The movie lives less from the story and rather from it's characters and the effects the events have on them. All the actors have a great chemistry.
Cronenberg does another great job directing and, as in many of his movies, the focus is more on the character building than the story. Also he is not afraid to show the violence and blood which really makes the movie more authentic.
The cinematography, also as usual, is excellent. The many medium shots and close ups are perfect for portraying all the emotions and feelings that are portrayed on the characters faces.
In conclusion we can say that "A History of Violence" is a great movie with Cronenberg's usual mystery and plot twists, great acting and usual great camera work.
February 6, 2017
It's good movie to watch
½ February 5, 2017
I didn't know what to expect with this movie at all. I thought Viggo Mortensen was amazing, and he had a role with some real complexity to it. His performance made the rest of the plot work for me, because I genuinely questioned what was happening, and who he was in the past.

The action/violence sequences are powerful and have some great Cronenberg makeup effects in them. It was very well done, and pulled me into each one of those scenes. The stunt work was great, and I never felt like I missed anything because it was filmed well.

There was one aspect that I really hated, and that was the use of Greg Bryk as one of the killers in the opening scene. It threw me off so much because he kind of looked like a young Viggo Mortensen so I thought I was watching a scene of Viggo's past. It didn't make sense until the killers walked into the diner.

There's a very deliberate style to A History of Violence. In many ways it reminded me of the movie Drive (and I mean that in a good way.) It never becomes overly stylized, the main character almost never goes big with his performance but remains understated, and then amongst the quiet and calm the film is accentuated by startling violence.

I felt the movie was lacking something in the plot department, because once you get past the midway point it almost seems to run on autopilot. I was looking for a little something more, but the movie didn't quite deliver that. However there was enough there, and I felt connected to the characters so much that I keep thinking about A History of Violence days later.
January 30, 2017
While David Cronenberg shows his skill to set up a violent story environment, the lack of chemistry between its actors and the thin plot tend to overhelm.
½ January 28, 2017
Horrible film. It made very little sense, and it also had some really gratuitous and graphic sex and violence, while somehow (incredibly) still managing to be slow and boring. I can't believe so many people liked this movie. I was so disappointed. I like Viggo Mortenson and it got great reviews, so I was really looking forward to it. But it was really one of the worst I have ever seen and I created a Rotten Tomatoes account just so I could give this particular movie a bad review.
December 31, 2016
Oh my God the people giving this a high rating... Are they kidding? Watching this is like watching a movie under water. Viggo is a painfully bad actor. The story is so obvious you can see every story point coming for literally miles. The opening scene is laughable. And the two 'baddies' are corny and pathetic. There is not a single surprise in the entire movie. The best thing about it is it's short. No, one other. William Hurt is excellent but only in it briefly. This movie is truly ghastly. Do not be sucked in by the decent reviews.
December 30, 2016
Well , a cool great story , good acting , very exciting ...as a viewer you keep believing Tom Stall, till ...SOMDVD
½ December 22, 2016
La primera opinión que sale en este sitio dice que cuanto menos se sepa de esta película antes de mirarla, mejor, y es así, quien no la ha visto que pare de leer. Seguramente el espectador promedio sospecha una identidad secreta de Tom desde un comienzo, cuando Carl Fogarty el tuerto le dice que se llama Joey, y seguramente el resto de la película no lo toma desprevenido. Yo en cambio, adepto como soy a películas de Lynch donde sujetos siniestros imponen realidades bizarras, me preparé mentalmente para que el protagonista mude de actor a media película, o que el tuerto sea en realidad un producto omnipresente de su imaginación, o algún otro retorcido giro psicológico. Mi ingenuidad me mantuvo pegado a mi mecedor de mirar películas la hora y media de corrido, fascinado de que la aparente mansedumbre crónica de Tom sea en realidad el hábito de mantener hundido su pasado de matón mafioso. Las señales que apuntan a la identidad de Tom pasan desapercibidas la primera vez: enfocan el buzón de la familia Stall, la fachada del café Tom Stall, el puñado de gente que lo saluda por su nombre, el sueño en el que un marido resulta ser un asesino. Demanda ser vista una segunda vez, obligado. 9/10
December 15, 2016
I Think The Small-Town America Setting Makes This Work. The Tone Is Set Right From The Beginning & Delves Deeper As The Intrigue Sets In. The Story Is Low-Level Stuff With A Severe Edge Of Violence, Which Tests How Much You Might Be Willing To Tolerate In Terms Of 'Acceptable Behaviour' As The Lead Character Is Tested Morally & Fundamentally. The Changes In Direction Of Behaviour Force Other Characters To Redefine Themselves..Which Is Ultimately What This Is All About.
½ December 7, 2016
What a compelling and mesmerizing film. "A History of Violence" is one of my favorite Cronenberg films and the one that I revisit every once in a while. Well-directed, well-acted, and well-executed. I love this movie so much.
November 29, 2016
I really liked this. Very unexpected
½ November 20, 2016
Feels very 90s, especially the soundtrack.
November 5, 2016
I have seen films about the ordinary small town man haunted by his past and he has to revert to the person he once was before but A History of Violence does it so well. Viggo Mortensen has said that this was his favourite character to play and for good reason. All of these characters are deep and complex and the drama and tension they go through is really intense. This film isn't a shoot 'em up movie with bodies flying left, right and centre but whenever violence does need to come into play in the story, man is it some brutal violence. I'm talking Django Unchained level of violence but without the large bodycount. This is a really good movie. It's on Netflix. Check it out!
October 28, 2016
A very overlooked film that shows Viggo at one of his best performances, History of Violence delivers as a thriller and a mystery film that shows how no one can escape the past.
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