A History of Violence
A History of Violence (2005)

Tom Stall is living a happy and quiet life with his lawyer wife and their two children in the small town of Millbrook, Indiana, but one night their idyllic existence is shattered when Tom foils a vicious attempted robbery in his diner.… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: March 14, 2006
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Critic Score: 87% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: A History of Violence raises compelling and thoughtful questions about the nature of violence, while representing a return to form for director David Cronenberg in one of his more uncharacteristic pieces.

Christy Lemire
Associated Press

The less you know about this movie before seeing it -- and you really should see it -- the better.

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Ken Tucker
New York Magazine/Vulture

A remarkably convincing examination of heroism, hero worship, and the seductive allure of villainy.

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Jeffrey Lyles
Lyles' Movie Files

A fascinating exercise in cinematic restraint resulting in a captivating, not to be missed film.

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David Denby
New Yorker

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.

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Steve Murray
Atlanta Journal-Constitution

A model of clean, lean storytelling.

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Luke Goodsell
Empire Magazine Australasia

With A History Of Violence, Cronenberg uses the pulp gangster genre - as opposed to, say, sci-fi horror -- to draw us into a dialogue on our relationship as voyeurs to violence, both real and cinematic.

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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.

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Geoff Andrew
Time Out

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.

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Jeff Meyers
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)

Without conceding any of his iconoclastic vision, Cronenberg has turned a genre film with classic Western overtones into a gripping psychological drama that examines the duality of man and his infatuation with the art of violence.

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Flixster Audience Score: 76% Flixster User Reviews
KJ Proulx
I am pretty let down I'm not going to lie. I love David Cronenberg's films, and waiting so long to view this film, I thought I didn't know what I… More
Joel Kelly
A History of Violence is an intriguing and thought stirring thriller from Director David Cronenberg. The story follows a man trying to rid himself of a violent… More
UUd Irawan Yudha Ariyanto
it's good at he beginning, but the movie is ruining the graphic novel. its much better in graphic novel. Dammit
Graham Jones
Cronenberg's return to form.
Apeneck Fletcher
Two bullies corner a quiet kid in a crowded school corridor and verbally humiliate him, calling him a coward. The quiet kid thereupon beats the living… More
Liam Gadd
Superbly acted, always engaging and thought-provoking, Cronenberg's violent drama examines heroism and how violence can affect a family masterfully.

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