Release Date: October 30, 1998 CRITIC SCORE DISTRIBUTION
62
METASCORE
Generally favorable reviews based on 32 Critics
Positive:
21
Mixed:
8
Negative:
3
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100
A shockingly powerful screed against racism that also manages to be so well performed and directed that it is entertaining as well. [30 October 1998, Friday, p.A]
91
Feels as true as a documentary, as painful as a blow to the heart.
90
What makes this film so powerful is that its unanswered questions force the audience to examine hate and its consequences making American History X one lesson you can't miss.
80
A true achievement -- no matter who eventually wants to take, or deny, credit for its creation.
80
Film.comNorman Green
Despite a cheap, Hollywood ending and despite Kaye's kooky campaign, X is a killer.
80
American History X is a crash course on how to make a message movie that resonates with crackling power.
70
Norton's performance, which is every bit as varied as his Oscar-nominated work in Primal Fear, once more demonstrates that he's one of the most remarkable chameleons working in film.
50
New York PostRod Dreher
The picture is smothered by solemn right-mindedness, and hobbled by scripter David McKenna's simplistic, knee-jerk liberal take on suburban white racism.