A History of Violence Reviews

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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.
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.
October 7, 2005
The film, based on a graphic novel, has a crackling sense of visual tension.
October 2, 2005
A model of clean, lean storytelling.
October 1, 2005
Though this is certainly Cronenberg's most 'mainstream' movie in years, the fact that it's so immediately enjoyable as a terrific thriller does not diminish its less obvious virtues.
October 1, 2005
Cronenberg isn't engaging in parody or irony. Nor is he nihilistically pandering to our worst impulses: the filmmaking is too measured and too intelligent. He implicitly respects us and our responses, even when those responses are silly or disturbing.
September 30, 2005
David Cronenberg's adaptation of the underwritten graphic novel of the same name is a spare, mean movie of shocking violence and wrenching moral dilemmas.
September 30, 2005
Right from its first, quietly unnerving scene A History of Violence is unmistakably the work of an artist with a purpose.
September 30, 2005
It has the reticence of a good Western, the shock of black comedy and the naked emotion of fine drama.
September 30, 2005
[A] vigorously sublime take on guilt and innocence, the damned and the redeemed.
September 29, 2005
The first half of the story -- the one shrouded in doubt -- is much more effective than the second half, which is shrouded in bloodletting.
September 29, 2005
It's rare to find a filmmaker who can deliver such a message and keep us riveted every minute of screen time. But Cronenberg manages it, making A History of Violence one of his best, and most realistic, films ever.
September 29, 2005
In A History of Violence, director David Cronenberg's delirious wow of a movie about violence and sex and the American dream, cinema regains all its original power to shock and surprise.
September 28, 2005
Mr. Cronenberg has imbued his narrative with a style of personal conviction that is found in only the greatest auteurs.
September 28, 2005
There's not a scene wasted in the 97-minute unspooling, not a detour that doesn't tell, surprise, horrify, delight.
September 27, 2005
This may look like a mainstream gig for Cronenberg, but it's his most challenging -- and enjoyable -- work in years.
September 26, 2005
This is his most mainstream effort yet, but, he's got those Croneneberg touches of violence. It doesn't glorify the violence, it's not gratuitous, it's sudden, it's shocking.
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