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]
80
A true achievement -- no matter who eventually wants to take, or deny, credit for its creation.
80
Despite a cheap, Hollywood ending and despite Kaye's kooky campaign, X is a killer.
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.
80
American History X is a crash course on how to make a message movie that resonates with crackling power.
50
The picture is smothered by solemn right-mindedness, and hobbled by scripter David McKenna's simplistic, knee-jerk liberal take on suburban white racism.
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.