General Orders No. 9 Reviews

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Phil Hall
Film Threat
March 29, 2012
The filmmaker reportedly spent 11 years putting this film together - and for the unlucky viewer, sitting through this numbing and pointless work can seem like an 11-year stretch.
Full Review | Original Score: 0.5/5
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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
February 24, 2012
Persons' short quasi-documentary doesn't offer specific solutions to toxic modernity, but the film itself is a temporary fix for fallen spirits.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Jeff Shannon
Seattle Times
November 10, 2011
An intimate, meticulously crafted meditation on the impact of civilization on the natural and spiritual landscape of the American South.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com
June 30, 2011
[VIDEO] "General Orders No. 9" is an experimental film that is more art instillation than feature film. "Peculiar Flatulence 173" would be just as apt a title-and it would add entertainment value.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Leslie Stonebraker
New York Press
June 24, 2011
It's as exhausting as those never-ending camp songs about branches on trees in holes with green grass growing all around.
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Neil Genzlinger
New York Times
June 23, 2011
"General Orders No. 9" is a tone poem laid over 72 minutes' worth of images, many of them lovely, and is, as its press material says, "unlike any film you have ever seen."
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Alison Willmore
AV Club
June 23, 2011
The type of film that demands viewers to submerge themselves in it like a pool of water -- anything less, and it will seem hopelessly abstract.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Keith Uhlich
Time Out
June 22, 2011
General Orders No. 9 strains for elegiac profundity and ends up as bad, backward-looking poetry.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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David Rooney
Hollywood Reporter
June 21, 2011
This naturalist reflection on a violated world is a little too high on its own holiness, but it introduces a new filmmaker with a distinctive sensibility.
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Karina Longworth
Village Voice
June 21, 2011
Much of this commentary, equally in awe of progress and suspicious of it, is strikingly sincere.
Joseph Jon Lanthier
Slant Magazine
June 20, 2011
The film haphazardly follows the self-destructive path by which, in its own words, "deer trail becomes Indian trail becomes county road becomes interstate."
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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