The General Reviews

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Roger Moore
Tribune News Service
June 11, 2012
Before he was Mad Eye Moody, before he took Colin Farrell to the woodshed "In Bruges," before "The Guard," the great Irish actor Brendan Gleeson was the infamous Irish crook known as "The General."
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4

Film4
May 1, 2012
The General is a welcome return to basics for Britain's most adventurous and visionary director, who has always stayed faithful to his love of cinema.
Ken Fox
TV Guide's Movie Guide
May 1, 2012
The film has little of the visual dazzle often associated with Boorman's movies, but the somber, black-and-white cinematography helps even out the often larger-than-life tone.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Top Critic
Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
May 1, 2012
I can no longer stomach the premise in so many Anglo-American crime pictures that mavericks are admirable simply because they're mavericks
Michael Dequina
TheMovieReport.com
May 3, 2009
Enjoyable for what it is; problem is, what it is doesn't amount to much in the end.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Top Critic
Derek Elley
Variety
March 26, 2009
A movie that says more about the rebellious Irish psyche than a heap of overtly political pictures.
Top Critic
Geoff Andrew
Time Out
June 24, 2006
All the performances are impressive, but Gleeson and Voight are especially memorable, lending an almost tragic air of inexorability to Cahill and Kenny's cat-and-mouse games.
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews
April 9, 2005
An interesting, entertaining view into the life of an Irish crime legend who is almost a Robin Hood, but not quite.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Judith Egerton
Courier-Journal (Louisville, KY)
July 7, 2004
Neither Boorman's cinematic expertise nor Gleeson's canny performance is enough to make us care about Cahill's destruction.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Jake Euker
F5 (Wichita, KS)
July 4, 2004
The most lyric crime picture since Band of Outsiders, with a sublime performance by Gleeson at its core.
| Original Score: 5/5
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
July 25, 2003
The film glides on seriocomic wings and whisks us rapturously away. It ranks with Boorman's own classic crime film Point Blank (1967), and that's high praise.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Luke Y. Thompson
New Times
February 3, 2003
A well-made film, but a hard one to actually like.
| Original Score: 3/5
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
January 8, 2003
The General is more character study than cops-and-robbers action drama.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Ron Wells
Film Threat
December 8, 2002
It's too bad Marvin isn't still around, to at least knock some sense into his old friend, Boorman.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
Marty Mapes
Movie Habit
August 21, 2002
The General is a great character study.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Ed Scheid
Boxoffice Magazine
June 5, 2002
In The General, director John Boorman is back in top form.
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
March 3, 2002
A notorious Irish crime lord serves as a mirror for the worst that is in others in this psychologically rich drama.
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
January 1, 2001
This probably wouldn't have been such a thought-provoking film if it hadn't been based on a true story.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Arthur Lazere
culturevulture.net
January 1, 2000
an impeccably made film, stunningly photographed in black and white, and featuring powerful performances by the entire cast
Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile
January 1, 2000
The General is something of a salute to Boorman's talents and to cinema in general, with great images and enough grunt to satisfy the hungriest cinephile.
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