General Orders No. 9

2009, Documentary, 1h 12m

14 Reviews 500+ Ratings

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Filmmaker Robert Persons mourns the loss of the Deep South's wilderness areas to the ever-increasing encroachment of civilization.

Cast & Crew

Robert Persons
Screenwriter
Chris Hoke
Original Music
Phil Walker
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Critic Reviews for General Orders No. 9

All Critics (14) | Top Critics (8) | Fresh (9) | Rotten (5)

  • Persons' short quasi-documentary doesn't offer specific solutions to toxic modernity, but the film itself is a temporary fix for fallen spirits.

    February 24, 2012 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • An intimate, meticulously crafted meditation on the impact of civilization on the natural and spiritual landscape of the American South.

    November 10, 2011 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • "General Orders No. 9" is a tone poem laid over 72 minutes' worth of images, many of them lovely, and is, as its press material says, "unlike any film you have ever seen."

    June 23, 2011 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • The type of film that demands viewers to submerge themselves in it like a pool of water -- anything less, and it will seem hopelessly abstract.

    June 23, 2011 | Rating: B | Full Review…
  • General Orders No. 9 strains for elegiac profundity and ends up as bad, backward-looking poetry.

    June 22, 2011 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • This naturalist reflection on a violated world is a little too high on its own holiness, but it introduces a new filmmaker with a distinctive sensibility.

    June 21, 2011 | Full Review…
  • Persons' short quasi-documentary doesn't offer specific solutions to toxic modernity, but the film itself is a temporary fix for fallen spirits.

    February 24, 2012 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • An intimate, meticulously crafted meditation on the impact of civilization on the natural and spiritual landscape of the American South.

    November 10, 2011 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • "General Orders No. 9" is a tone poem laid over 72 minutes' worth of images, many of them lovely, and is, as its press material says, "unlike any film you have ever seen."

    June 23, 2011 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • The type of film that demands viewers to submerge themselves in it like a pool of water -- anything less, and it will seem hopelessly abstract.

    June 23, 2011 | Rating: B | Full Review…
  • General Orders No. 9 isn't made to give clear cut answers to the many visual and lyrical questions it poses, but it surely stirs the mental pot, leaving that signature southern oakiness lingering in the air long after the final frame.

    November 19, 2020 | Full Review…
  • Something liminal, between a documentary and an experimental film, "General Orders No. 9" features wistful fugues on landscapes covered with dead winter kudzu, decaying barns and sentinel-like trees.

    January 16, 2020 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for General Orders No. 9

  • Apr 01, 2010
    Rambling, self-important, pseudo-spiritual documentary on the state of Georgia that plays out like a narrated slideshow. Some beautiful images are quickly swallowed up by its aimless, repetitive nature, and it never establishes a clear focus.
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