A History of Violence | Full Movie

A History of Violence
  • R
  • 1h 38m
  • 2005
Certified Fresh87%
Common Sense Media Iconage 18+
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In this stylized thriller from director David Cronenberg, Viggo Mortensen stars as Tom McKenna, a well-respected man who leads a quiet, charmed life with his loving wife and family in a small town. But when he kills a robber in self-defense at the diner he runs, Tom is lauded by the national media as a vigilante hero. Unfortunately, the media spotlight also brings him to the attention of some sleazy criminals who recognize Tom as a former associate gone underground. Now, to protect his family from certain peril, Tom must return to his secret past and confront A History of Violence. Also starring Maria Bello, Ed Harris and William Hurt.

Rotten Tomatoes® Score

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Certified Fresh87%
Critics 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.
Reviews
New Yorker
David Denby
Fresh

Cronenberg's direction, mirroring the split in Tom, is alternately measured and frighteningly expl...

June 22, 2017
Entertainment Weekly
Fresh

June 21, 2017
New York Magazine/Vulture
Ken Tucker
Fresh

A remarkably convincing examination of heroism, hero worship, and the seductive allure of villainy...

June 21, 2017
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Common Sense Media

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Common Sense Says
Complex examination of violence; not for kids.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this movie is not for kids. It features brutal, deft violence (based on a graphic novel, the film's title is indicative of its focus). It opens with a scene showing dead, bloody bodies (after the murders take place), then shows frequent violent acts, including bone-cracking martial arts, hand-to-hand fighting (one character has his nose pushed through his skull), shooting, knifing, and strangling. It also includes fairly explicit sexual material (including passionate kissing, a cunnilingus scene, and a frankly rough intercourse scene on a stairway). Characters curse frequently, smoke, drink, and do drugs.

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Additional Info

  • Genre:Action, Adventure, Drama, Mystery
  • Release Date:September 23, 2005
  • Highest Available for Purchase:HD

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