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The General Reviews

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Kate Muir
Times (UK)
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Tim Robey
Daily Telegraph (UK)
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Philip Concannon
Little White Lies
January 23, 2014
A hilarious comedy and a thrilling action film. The General has it all.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Jennie Kermode
Eye for Film
January 23, 2014
This is a silent film worth making a noise about.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
James Mottram
Total Film
January 20, 2014
A jaw-plunging blend of physical dexterity and bravura moviemaking.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Cole Smithey
September 5, 2011
[VIDEO ESSAY] There was only one Buster Keaton. "The General" is his swansong.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Emanuel Levy
June 25, 2011
One of Buster Keaton's most hilarious and most popular comedies
Full Review | Original Score: A
Charles Cassady
Common Sense Media
June 8, 2010
Silent masterpiece is enter-train-ment for all ages.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Sean Gandert
Paste Magazine
December 28, 2009
he General is the highlight of his career's tragicomic performances, featuring not just the awe-inspiring stunts that were his bread and butter, but also a level of fluidity only he and Chaplin attained at the top of their games.
Full Review | Original Score: 95/95
Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews
November 25, 2009
Keaton proves as endlessly clever and athletic as his screen surrogates...chock-full of hilarious sight gags, including bits of business that incorporate moving trains, cow-catchers, a bear (and bear trap), and a misbehaving cannon. [Blu-ray]
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Bill Weber
Slant Magazine
November 11, 2008
The General isn't likely to be the favorite opus of the star's purist fans, but it's the one with the trappings of ambition and historical poesy
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Philip French
Observer (UK)
April 2, 2008
Among the finest comedies of all time, it wears its greatness lightly.
Peter Bradshaw
April 2, 2008
Spectacular chases, fires and explosions are captured with fluid camerawork. There are no stunt doubles for Keaton and of course no digital effects.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Simon Braund
Empire Magazine
April 2, 2008
The birth of slapstick.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5

April 2, 2008
Amongst the greatest of all silent comedies, The General isn't just important, it's bloody hilarious.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Top Critic
Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
January 11, 2008
An almost perfect entertainment.
Top Critic

Time Out
June 24, 2006
Only superlatives will do to describe Keaton's hilarious Civil War dramatic comedy.
Bob Bloom
Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
January 27, 2006
One of the greatest comedies ever produced. It is Keaton at his inventive best.
| Original Score: 5/5
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
March 27, 2005
| Original Score: 5/5
Jon Niccum
Lawrence Journal-World
July 9, 2004
| Original Score: 5/5
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