Picks and Pans Review: American History X

updated 12/28/1998 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 12/28/1998 AT 01:00 AM EST

Edward Norton was impressive, but in providing a lengthy platform for exactly the racist rhetoric and theories it claimed to abhor, this message picture about contemporary neo-Nazism sent out badly mixed messages. No wonder director Tony Kaye, who had a public spat with the studio over the final version of the movie, wanted his name removed.

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