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: September 30, 2005
DVD 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.

Dorothy Woodend
The Tyee (British Columbia)

That's what Cronenberg is up to here; although the film has an overly facile, glossy edge to it, it's the very polish that makes you question the proceedings.

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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.

Jim Emerson

The film, based on a graphic novel, has a crackling sense of visual tension.

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Jeffrey Overstreet
Looking Closer

Hopefully [it will] encourage a sobering sense of responsibility and a more truthful perspective on identities (individual and national).

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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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Steve Murray
Atlanta Journal-Constitution

A model of clean, lean storytelling.

Jeffrey Lyles
Lyles' Movie Files

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

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Flixster Audience Score: 76% Flixster User Reviews
Dan Schultz
Flat out fantastic movie. Viggo takes this one by the reigns and never lets go. Lots of bloody violence, but the story is compelling and believable enough that… More
Kevin M. Williams
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
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.