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A History of Violence

  R HD Closed Captioning

David Cronenberg

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Plot Summary

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

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87%
  • Reviews Counted: 207
  • Fresh: 180
  • Rotten: 27
  • Average Rating: 7.9/10

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

Cronenberg at his best.

This is an excellent film. If you enjoy this I'd also check out Eastern Promises.

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.

Amazing

Viggo pours his heart and soul into the role. Great supporting cast and plot and you have yourself a great film. Do not stop to think before buying.