American History X
American History X (1998)

Tony Kaye made his feature directorial debut with this dramatic exploration into the roots of race hatred in America. In a shocking opening scene, teen Danny Vinyard (Edward Furlong) races to tell his older brother, neo-Nazi Derek (Edward… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: October 30, 1998
DVD Release Date: April 6, 1999
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Critic Score: 83% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: A compelling and provocative story led by an excellent performance by Edward Norton.

David Edelstein

Norton is an amazing actor, a hot-dog whose delight in transformation is infectious.

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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail

What partly redeems American History X from its most preachy excesses -- and makes it worth seeing -- is a brilliant, career-high performance by actor Edward Norton.

Blake Howard
2UE That Movie Show

American History X advocates that "those who ignore history are doomed to repeat it"? It's a powerful social document and should be part of your film watching curriculum.

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Geoff Andrew
Time Out

Two things hold the interest: Norton's astounding performance, and a feeling for the male reality of reactionary working class environments.

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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times

Though well-intentioned, turns out to be a simplistic and unconvincing look at a serious problem.

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A well-made, well-acted and often violent film that offers a compelling portrait of redemption and the destructive nature of racism.

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Manohla Dargis
L.A. Weekly

The problem is that Kaye, who's used to selling cars on TV, shoots Derek the Hater as lovingly as he would a new Volkswagen.

Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

The film is always interesting and sometimes compelling, and it contains more actual provocative thought than any American film on race since Do the Right Thing.

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Charles Cassady
Common Sense Media

This dark drama is not for kids.

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Flixster Audience Score: 96% Flixster User Reviews
Kevin M. Williams
I haven't wanted to watch this as I was afraid of more Hollywood racist propaganda. Boy was I surprised when the propaganda turned out to be of the liberal… More
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Dan Schultz
One of the most powerful films I've ever seen, with an incredible lead performance from Edward Norton. The overall message of the movie is extremely… More
Chris Miele
As intense as its message is inspiring, American History X is a movie that gets into your brain and wont leave. Ed Norton gives a very powerful performance as… More
Eugene Bernabe
Powerful and gripping from beginning to end. American History X provides a great performance from Edward Norton and a graphic tale involving the influences of… More
Graham Jones
With a tour de force performance from Edward Norton, this nightmare on film will stick with you.