The General Reviews

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March 24, 2021
Buster Keaton is brilliant in the film.
November 22, 2020
All but required viewing for anyone with an interest in comedy, film, film comedy, history, film history, or historical comedy film.
August 11, 2020
The peak of silent cinema.
July 27, 2020
One of the greatest of all silent films.
July 3, 2020
The movie is one death-defying stunt piece after another, and each is jaw-dropping by even today's standards.
April 23, 2020
The moments with the cannon, or that of the bridge - the most expensive gag in the history of cinema - are those that are not forgotten. [Full Review in Spanish]
April 21, 2020
The General is one of the funniest, most ingenious, and gosh-darn exciting films you will ever see in your long and happy life.
October 22, 2019
Artistic perfection. [February 19, 2019]
July 18, 2019
features gags that are as much artful exercises in stuntwork and timing as they are orchestrated attempts at humor, and the fact that they work so well as both is testament to Keaton's brilliance as a filmmaker and performer
June 8, 2019
Like the train itself, The General rarely ever slows down, barreling from one hair-raising (and frequently hilarious) set-piece to the next.
June 4, 2019
Not just one of the greatest films of the silent period, but of all time, and arguably the greatest comedy ever made.
November 5, 2018
The General...lets you see the result in luminous high definition.
July 5, 2018
"The General" explores man's tumultuous relationship with technology through the propulsive images and rushing emotion available only to the advents of cinema.
July 3, 2018
Keaton has great sight gags and goes to amazing ends to get the thrills he wants.
September 23, 2014
In these times when all risk is assumed by CGI effects, Keaton's squealing funny, exquisitely timed, death-defying leaps are all the more breathtaking.
January 23, 2014
The film boasts the most sustained passages of virtuoso slapstick genius Keaton ever shot, and an unflagging momentum that lets it get away with being a reel longer than most of his best-known pictures.
January 23, 2014
A hilarious comedy and a thrilling action film. The General has it all.
January 23, 2014
This is a silent film worth making a noise about.
January 20, 2014
A jaw-plunging blend of physical dexterity and bravura moviemaking.
September 5, 2011
[VIDEO ESSAY] There was only one Buster Keaton. "The General" is his swansong.
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