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The General Reviews

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Michael Szymanski
May 20, 2005
Read More | Original Score: 1/5
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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
Christopher Null
January 1, 2000
Large chunks of The General are completely incomprehensible.
| Original Score: 3/5
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
January 1, 2000
It was great casting to make Gleeson the lead.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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
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Amy Taubin
Village Voice
January 1, 2000
The General is a refined, traditional movie about a character who is never more traditional than when he imagines himself outside the law. It's a great paradox, but it barely comes alive on the screen.
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
Michael Dequina
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
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Globe and Mail
April 25, 2003
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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
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
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
Boorman's film is shot in wide-screen black and white, and as it often does, black and white emphasizes the characters and the story, instead of setting them awash in atmosphere.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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James Berardinelli
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
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
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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.
Bob Bloom
January 1, 2000
The force of Cahill's personality draws you to the screen and rivets your attention.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Dan Jardine
Apollo Guide
January 1, 2000
Read More | Original Score: 78/100
Arthur Lazere
January 1, 2000
an impeccably made film, stunningly photographed in black and white, and featuring powerful performances by the entire cast
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.
Shane Burridge
January 1, 2000
A film that manages to look both the opus of a mature film-maker and the early work of a talented new arrival
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