The General's Daughter
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A murder on a military base unearths a netherworld of corruption in this thriller based on the novel by Nelson DeMille. General Joe Campbell (James Cromwell) is a respected military leader with a flawless reputation; he's due to retire from the Army soon and is headed for a Vice-Presidential nomination. However, Campbell finds himself in both a personal and political crisis when his daughter is brutally murdered. Captain Elizabeth Campbell (Leslie Stefanson) was beautiful, intelligent, disciplined, and well-regarded, the very model of an ideal female officer; she was also stationed at the… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 22%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"No doubt about it, to divulge the plot would spoil the experience -- you'll be shocked to discover, and maybe even surprised to learn, just how lame the damn thing really is."
‑ Rick Groen, Globe and Mail
"A middling, so-so thriller."
‑ Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times
"Do the filmmakers think we're morons? We're certainly treated as such, right from the beginning."
‑ Rob Gonsalves,
"an absurd, frequently offensive exploitation piece that's likely to take a place on many Ten Worst of 1999 lists."
‑ James Sanford, Kalamazoo Gazette
"You know that thin line between disturbing and morbid? The General's Daughter tramples it into dust."
‑ Margaret A. McGurk, Cincinnati Enquirer
"In terms of tone, the film is all over the map."
‑ Jeff Strickler, Minneapolis Star Tribune
"A self-destructive movie."
‑ Michael Wilmington, Chicago Tribune
"Compelling viewing because of the tight-lipped, bull-headed performance by John Travolta in a starring role."
‑ Bruce Kirkland, Jam! Movies
"Travolta is trying a little too hard here, and it shows."
‑ John R. McEwen, Film Quips Online
"Despite moments of mounting suspense, the film suffers from stilted unevenness."
‑ Francesca Dinglasan, Boxoffice Magazine
"A lurid mess, a Southern gumbo simmering in Gothic cliche."
‑ Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
"The General's Daughter is a well-made thriller with a lot of good acting."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"Effective enough as a thriller and an indictment of sexism in its most brutal form."
‑ Randall King, Jam! Movies
"This may be the most gratuitous film I've seen this year."
‑ Ron Wells, Film Threat
"Not a single scene or character rings true, and shame on anyone who can't pick out the murderer in the first reel."
‑ William Arnold, Seattle Post-Intelligencer
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