American History X Synopsis
A reformed skinhead (Edward Norton) tries to change his brother (Edward Furlong).
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Chicago Tribune

By Gene Siskel
A shockingly powerful screed against racism that also manages to be so well performed and directed that it is entertaining as well. [30...
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Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
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....
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New York Daily News

By Jami Bernard
Unflinching in its depiction of racism, anti-Semitism, violence and jailhouse politics.
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San Francisco Examiner

Such an ambitious, well-acted film that it's easy to overlook its flaws as relatively minor.
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USA Today

By Mike Clark
While this movie is sometimes overbaked, it is the first major studio release in a while to engross wall-to-wall.
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Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
A series of well-drawn sketches and powerful scenes, in search of an organizing principle.
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By James Berardinelli
May be flawed, but it's not easily forgotten.
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The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

By Liam Lacey
Excellent in flashes, unintentionally absurd and lead-footed at other moments, the movie stumbles under the weight of its own grandiose...
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San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
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...
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New York Post

The picture is smothered by solemn right-mindedness, and hobbled by scripter David McKenna's simplistic, knee-jerk liberal take on suburban...
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By lord-o-movies
fantasic movie with a lot of rasim and vilonce could be the most violent movie iv ever seen the actors were amazing!...

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By wildcat39
A great movie to watch, I really liked it!...

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By pixy2006
This movie moved me, inspired me, and made me tear up. A lot could be learned from this movie. Edward Norton's performance is incredible and made him one of my favorite actor. A man who only sees his...

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By mynumba1luva
In this movie you can learn alot about racism and how some people will go i highly recommend this movie...


By Mr.Le-bow-ski
This movie was really good kinda weirded out by some parts. This is a great american history movie if only they would show this movie at school in history....

Both Norton and Furlong made this movie....

By lovestalentmoviefan
...amazing and intense. My gut was in it the whole time. Other notable perfs run high as well. Girlfriend and principal for a couple.While I wanted the paths of discovery Norton's character...

Edward Norton is outstanding

By redyeah
It is impossible to believe one would root for a Nazi-loving, Jew hating character, but the impossible is done here. The depth and character development in Norton's character has never been done with...

Hell yeah!

By MongrolMan
This movie has such a strong and controversial story that I was instantly drawn in on this one. Definately not the family movie but a must see for every person....

Thrilling History

By Muridian_Lover
Although this movie might seem a little grusome and disturbing, it does contain an abundant amount of history. I wasn't able to watch some parts but i did learn a lot about how much those events...

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Rated R | For Nudity, Graphic Brutal Violence, Rape and Strong Sexuality
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says Iffy for 16+ This dark drama is not for kids.
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