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The General Reviews

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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
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Derek Elley
Variety
March 26, 2009
A movie that says more about the rebellious Irish psyche than a heap of overtly political pictures.
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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.
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Globe and Mail
April 25, 2003
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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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.
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Charles Taylor
Salon.com
January 1, 2000
Gleeson is one of those rare actors who has an instinctive rapport with the audience from the moment he appears on-screen.
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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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Edward Guthmann
San Francisco Chronicle
January 1, 2000
Gleeson plays Cahill as an ordinary man who does this stuff because he's good at it.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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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.
| Original Score: 4/5
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
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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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
December 18, 1998
Cahill is played by Brendan Gleeson, an actor of blustery ferocity whose greasy hair, piggy jowls, and lumpish, slovenly physique would make him look harmless were it not for the angry dark pools of his eyes.
Full Review | Original Score: B-