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A History of Violence

HD   R Closed Captioning

David Cronenberg

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About the Movie

An average family is thrust into the spotlight after the father (Viggo Mortensen) commits a seemingly self-defense murder at his diner.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 210
  • Fresh: 183
  • Rotten: 27
  • Average Rating: 7.8/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: The less you know about this movie before seeing it -- and you really should see it -- the better. – Christy Lemire, Associated Press, Apr 15, 2013

Fresh: 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. – David Denby, New Yorker, Apr 15, 2013

Fresh: 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. – Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal, Apr 15, 2013

Fresh: Cronenberg isn't engaging in parody or irony. Nor is he nihilistically pandering to our worst impulses: the filmmaking is too measured and too intelligent. He implicitly respects us and our responses, even when those responses are silly or disturbing. – Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader, Jun 24, 2010

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Customer Reviews

Should I Watch?

I heard it was decent, but I'm not sure. Click yes if I should watch it, no if I shouldn't.

One of the best of 2005

It says "Action and Adventure" but that's too limiting. Fantastically acted and directed with a great script, this film is not for the small minded. In addition it has two, yes TWO, of the best on screen sex scenes.

AHOV Is Fantastic

Have seen it 4 times, excellent cast, acting, plot and dialogue.