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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

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
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
Derek Elley
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.
Emanuel Levy
July 2, 2005
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
Thomas Delapa
Boulder Weekly
July 1, 2005
| Original Score: 3/5
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+
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion
July 5, 2004
| Original Score: 4/5
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.
Read More | Original Score: 5/5
Brian J. Arthurs
Beach Reporter (Southern California)
December 18, 2003
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
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
Jeanne Aufmuth
Palo Alto Weekly
May 14, 2003
| Original Score: 3.5/4
Luke Y. Thompson
New Times
February 3, 2003
A well-made film, but a hard one to actually like.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
January 8, 2003
The General is more character study than cops-and-robbers action drama.
Read More | Original Score: B
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
Top Critic
Janet Maslin
New York Times
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
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