A History of Violence Synopsis
A family is put in the spotlight because the father commits murder in self-defense.
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Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
Other films this year will have to sweat bullets to match the explosive power and subversive wit of David Cronenberg's A History of...
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USA Today

By Mike Clark
Violence is in the spirit of the hardest-hitting film noir offerings from the '50s, but far more explicit. It's also in the spirit of the...
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Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
David Cronenberg's brilliant movie -- without a doubt one of the very best of the year.
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Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
Cronenberg's movie is eerily compelling and darkly humorous. And chilling - to the bone.
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Boston Globe

By Wesley Morris
The film has the perverse intelligence of Cronenberg's other movies. It's not his best, but it is certainly his most accessible, least...
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Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
Seems deceptively straightforward, coming from a director with Cronenberg's quirky complexity. But think again. This is not a movie about...
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The Hollywood Reporter

By Ray Bennett
Clever and fast-paced thriller.
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San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
But for director David Cronenberg and the commitment of his actors, A History of Violence might have been a cartoony action film. Its...
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New York Daily News

By Jami Bernard
Don't let the slow, deliberate pace fool you. A lot is going on in David Cronenberg's masterful A History of Violence, and you'll miss it...
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Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
This peculiarly predictable picture has been calculated, or miscalculated, to set up certain expectations, fulfill them, and then do the...
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A History Of Violence

By misscb
A man just trying to protect his family......

Just recently saw and i think.....

By Scoot M16
This movie had a great story, i thought the acting was strikeingly pretty goodm, and the violence, i understand why they have 'VIOLENCE' in the title of the movie now. I won't spoil it, i'm just...

Five Word Review

By critcallyme
Violent Dramatic Psychological Crime Thriller...

A history of violence

By Drez_Digital
A small town family man has a dark past....

"A History of Violence" excels in some areas where it fails in some. It left me disappointed and not that shocked but gave me something to think about.

By Dominic LeRose
Violence is apart of human nature whether you want to accept it or not. We are attracted to violence in entertainment, it can arouse us, it is a natural reaction it has and empowers us. Directer David...


By lugubriousthespian
I was taken aback to discover that David Cronenberg was at the helm of this mish-mosh of a movie. It's a classic case where the parts are at times greater than the whole with this tired old plot of a...

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Rated R | For strong brutal violence, graphic sexuality, nudity, language and some drug use
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says Not for kids Complex examination of violence; not for kids.
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