YMMV / A History of Violence

  • Adaptation Displacement: The graphic novel is not particularly well-known, but the movie is quite famous. This is because of Adaptation Distillation.
  • Crowning Moment of Funny: "How do you fuck that up?"
  • Misaimed Fandom: The film was meant to be a meditation on the ugliness of violence and how it negatively effects the people involved, even when it's justified. However, a good number of viewers genuinely enjoyed the violent scenes, which were supposed to be the most off-putting parts of the story, possibly because the victims tended to be really rotten people. For example, Todd in the Shadows put the Groin Attack from this film in his list of his favorite movie nut shots, saying it was the most satisfying ballbuster he'd ever seen in a film.