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A History of ViolenceWhen a pair of petty criminals attempt to rob his small-town diner, Tom Stall (Viggo Mortensen) quickly and easily kills them both, which sets off repercussions that will shake his family to its very core.
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Directors of "A History of Violence"David CronenbergBirthdate: 15 March 1943, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Creators of "A History of Violence"John WagnerBirthdate: 1949, Pennsylvania, USAVince Locke
Critic Reviews of "A History of Violence"Associated PressApril 15, 2013
The less you know about this movie before seeing it -- and you really should see it -- the better.New YorkerApril 15, 2013
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.Wall Street JournalApril 15, 2013
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.New York Magazine/VultureMay 12, 2006
A remarkably convincing examination of heroism, hero worship, and the seductive allure of villainy.RogerEbert.comOctober 07, 2005
The film, based on a graphic novel, has a crackling sense of visual tension.Atlanta Journal-ConstitutionOctober 02, 2005
A model of clean, lean storytelling.Looking CloserDecember 10, 2015
Hopefully [it will] encourage a sobering sense of responsibility and a more truthful perspective on identities (individual and national).Lyles' Movie FilesOctober 04, 2013
A fascinating exercise in cinematic restraint resulting in a captivating, not to be missed film.Empire Magazine AustralasiaNovember 07, 2012
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.Metro Times (Detroit, MI)April 20, 2011
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.Cinema WriterAugust 16, 2010
While it weakens in its final stretch...A History of Violence succeeds enormously thanks to the strength of its direction and performances.Cinema CrazedJune 23, 2010
A truly entertaining and engrossing study of violence, family, and our pasts eventually coming back to haunt us...
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