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.
February 27, 2007
May 12, 2006
A remarkably convincing examination of heroism, hero worship, and the seductive allure of villainy.
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.
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