A History of Violence
An average family is thrust into the spotlight after the father commits a seemingly self-defense murder at his diner.
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Christy Lemire The less you know about this movie before seeing it -- and you really should see it -- the better.
David Denby 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.
Joe Morgenstern 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.
Ken Tucker A remarkably convincing examination of heroism, hero worship, and the seductive allure of villainy.
Geoff Andrew 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.
Andrew Sarris Mr. Cronenberg has imbued his narrative with a style of personal conviction that is found in only the greatest auteurs.
Richard Roeper 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.
Desson Thomson Packed inside David Cronenberg's latest film, which presents itself as gift-wrapped, shoot-'em-up entertainment, is a sobering reflection on our culture's attitude toward violence.
David Edelstein An absolutely sensational piece of filmmaking.
Scott Foundas It's possible to imagine the film playing as an action crowd-pleaser to a mainstream genre audience that may not be a bit perturbed by (or even aware of) Cronenberg's stealthy unraveling of the threads of this American life.
J. Hoberman Cronenberg's movie manages to have its cake and eat it -- impersonating an action flick in its staccato mayhem while questioning these violent attractions every step of the way.
Ray Bennett It should delight mainstream audiences who prefer their action pictures to have some depth of character, several twists in the plot and a satisfying conclusion.
Todd McCarthy Coming from Cronenberg, the question arises: Is that all there is?