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Based on 32 Reviews
critic reviews (10)
fan reviews ( 4 )
  • 50
    Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle

    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. show more

  • 75
    Mike Clark USA Today

    While this movie is sometimes overbaked, it is the first major studio release in a while to engross wall-to-wall. show more

  • 75
    Jami Bernard New York Daily News

    Unflinching in its depiction of racism, anti-Semitism, violence and jailhouse politics. show more

  • 100
    Gene Siskel Chicago Tribune

    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] show more

  • 75
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    A series of well-drawn sketches and powerful scenes, in search of an organizing principle. show more

  • 75
    San Francisco Examiner

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

  • 75
    James Berardinelli ReelViews

    May be flawed, but it's not easily forgotten. show more

  • 63
    Liam Lacey The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

    Excellent in flashes, unintentionally absurd and lead-footed at other moments, the movie stumbles under the weight of its own grandiose intentions. show more

  • 50
    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 white racism. show more

  • 25
    David Sterritt Christian Science Monitor

    Norton's high-energy acting is the only element that saves the picture from being a total loss. show more

  • February 01, 2014 Raree Whatdoyoucare
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    Excellent - shocking at time but great acting and Edward Norton proved to me in this movie that he can fng act. I am not a racist ************* teach people you are not as great as you think -- we are all alike in some way. Racism and hate is stupid.

  • May 10, 2011 qe00000000090138
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    This movie is really good! I wouldn\'******* it if you are against racism (which I am, by the way, and it was hard to watch at sometimes), but it is a moving, jolting movie. The acting was at times cardboard, but not a lot. That\'s the only reason why I gave it a 4.

  • June 27, 2008 DylanG2020
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    This movie was really good! I wouldn't recomnd watching it if your against Nazis and racism..but it's a really good movie! Edward Norton played a really good role and the ending will shock you, but this movie is worth a watch!

  • June 13, 2008 PrtyChick369
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    I thought the movie was awesome!!! I think Edward Norton is so hot !!!

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