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A History of Violence

Rated R for strong brutal violence, graphic sexuality, nudity, language and some drug use.

R In Theaters 09/23/2005 , 96min.
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October 04, 2011
Great movie, kept me on the edge of my seat
October 20, 2010
Very good

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David Edelstein
Over-the-top and shockingly vicious. But what strikes some critics as complexity feels to me like shame--the shame of Cronenberg, an uncompromising director whose bloodshed has always been genuinely horrifying. Full Review
Desson Thomson
Washington Post
A sobering reflection on our culture's attitude toward violence. Full Review
James Berardinelli
Although there's little wrong with the first two-thirds, A History of Violence slides onto a tangential path during its final act, and this misstep reduces the production's overall effectiveness. Full Review
Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
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 when it actually comes. Full Review
Keith Phipps
The Onion (A.V. Club)
Ed Harris and William Hurt deliver inspired turns as the villains. Full Review

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