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The General Reviews

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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
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.
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
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
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
March 26, 2009
A movie that says more about the rebellious Irish psyche than a heap of overtly political pictures.
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.
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+
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
July 4, 2004
The most lyric crime picture since Band of Outsiders, with a sublime performance by Gleeson at its core.
Read More | Original Score: 5/5
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
February 3, 2003
A well-made film, but a hard one to actually like.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
January 8, 2003
The General is more character study than cops-and-robbers action drama.
Read More | Original Score: B
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
August 21, 2002
The General is a great character study.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
June 5, 2002
In The General, director John Boorman is back in top form.
March 3, 2002
A notorious Irish crime lord serves as a mirror for the worst that is in others in this psychologically rich drama.
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
January 1, 2000
The black-and-white tones (shot on color stock) are so rich that the ski masks of burglars wind up looking like velvet.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
January 1, 2000
Veteran director John Boorman weaves together real-life incidents and fictional anecdotes to create a fascinating portrait of a man who was both more human and more humane than the legends about him indicate.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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