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The General Reviews

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Top Critic
Variety Staff
January 11, 2008
The result is a flop.
Gabe Leibowitz
December 22, 2003
Vastly overrated; moderately charming but I think I laughed once.
| Original Score: 2/5
Top Critic
Mordaunt Hall
New York Times
March 25, 2006
This is by no means so good as Mr. Keaton's previous efforts.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5
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
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
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
March 27, 2005
| Original Score: 5/5
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
[Keaton's films] have such a graceful perfection, such a meshing of story, character and episode, that they unfold like music.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Nell Minow
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
July 29, 2003
| Original Score: 5/5
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
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
Rob Vaux
Flipside Movie Emporium
May 2, 2004
Keaton's genius has never found more perfect expression.
| 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
Charles Cassady
Common Sense Media
June 8, 2010
Silent masterpiece is enter-train-ment for all ages.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
January 1, 2000
Ranks among the greatest movies ever made.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
James Mottram
Total Film
January 20, 2014
A jaw-plunging blend of physical dexterity and bravura moviemaking.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
October 11, 2002
| Original Score: 5/5
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
Dan Jardine
Apollo Guide
January 1, 2000
There's no point sitting on the fence on this one. Buster Keaton's The General is a work of genius.
| Original Score: 93/100
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
February 5, 2002
This is Buster Keaton's ageless masterpiece.
Full Review | Original Score: A+
Jeremy Heilman
March 5, 2002
Its peerless mixture of exciting action and kinetic comedy are one of moviedom's supreme pleasures.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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