Critic scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.
A shockingly powerful screed against racism that also manages to be so well performed and directed that it is entertaining as well. [30 October 1998, Friday, p.A] Read full review
This is the sort of incendiary role a lot of actors would kill for, yet the shock of Norton's performance isn't its showboat flamboyance. It's that he makes this sadistic junior sociopath rueful and intelligent. Read full review
Unflinching in its depiction of racism, anti-Semitism, violence and jailhouse politics. Read full review
Such an ambitious, well-acted film that it's easy to overlook its flaws as relatively minor. Read full review
While this movie is sometimes overbaked, it is the first major studio release in a while to engross wall-to-wall. Read full review
A series of well-drawn sketches and powerful scenes, in search of an organizing principle. Read full review
May be flawed, but it's not easily forgotten. Read full review
Excellent in flashes, unintentionally absurd and lead-footed at other moments, the movie stumbles under the weight of its own grandiose intentions. Read full review
As a visit to a world and a way of life most of us will never experience, American History X is vivid, and it feels honest. At the very least, it's not typical. Read full review
The picture is smothered by solemn right-mindedness, and hobbled by scripter David McKenna's simplistic, knee-jerk liberal take on suburban white racism. Read full review
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