American History X | Full Movie

American History X
  • R
  • 1h 58m
  • 1998
Certified Fresh83%
Common Sense Media Iconage 17+
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Some Legacies Must End! Edward Norton delivers a searing performance as a former neo-Nazi skinhead whose life was almost destroyed by his own hatred--and who now struggles to prevent his younger brother from following in his footsteps. Seeking retribution for his father's murder and burning with rage, Derek Vinyard (Norton) becomes the charismatic leader of a local White Power movement. Despite his intelligence, Derek's incendiary actions culminate in a brutal murder and three years in prison. Now on parole, Derek returns home to find his brother, Danny (Edward Furlong), being seduced by the same anger, bigotry and violence that almost destroyed his life.

Rotten Tomatoes® Score

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Certified Fresh83%
Critics Consensus: A compelling and provocative story led by an excellent performance by Edward Norton.
Reviews
Time Out
Geoff Andrew
Fresh

Two things hold the interest: Norton's astounding performance, and a feeling for the male reality...

June 21, 2017
L.A. Weekly
Manohla Dargis
Rotten

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

June 17, 2017
Globe and Mail
Liam Lacey
Fresh

What partly redeems American History X from its most preachy excesses -- and makes it worth seeing...

June 17, 2017
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Common Sense Media

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Common Sense Says
This dark drama is not for kids.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this flawed but live-wire drama of two brothers caught up in a violence-ridden SoCal skinhead lifestyle raises some important points, but the mixture of very R-rated realism (strong language, hideous violence, and frank sex) makes this a very guarded choice for anyone but older teens and up.

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Additional Info

  • Genre:Drama
  • Release Date:October 28, 1998
  • Highest Available for Purchase:HD

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