A History of Violence Reviews

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October 4, 2013
A fascinating exercise in cinematic restraint resulting in a captivating, not to be missed film.
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
...filled with riveting performances and enough thought and action to keep most audiences intrigued. (Blu-ray Edition)
February 14, 2009
The movie begins slowly, methodically, and builds increasingly toward a devastating climax.
December 23, 2008
As a startling wake-up call to our desensitization of violent imagery, masked in the guise of a superficial, standard-fare gangster tome, A History of Violence has already earned an assured place in the annals of cinema.
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