The General
The General (1998)

Hollyfield was a Dublin slum where the rejected, the derelict and the anti-social were housed. Young Martin Carhill grew up in a milieu where crime was the main occupation. He was sent to a correction school when caught stealing food for… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: December 18, 1998
DVD Release Date: July 20, 1999
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Critic Score: 81% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

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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Amy Taubin
Village Voice

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.

Roger Moore
Tribune News Service

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."

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Derek Elley

A movie that says more about the rebellious Irish psyche than a heap of overtly political pictures.

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Charles Taylor

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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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.

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Geoff Andrew
Time Out

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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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

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.

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Ken Fox
TV Guide

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.

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Flixster Audience Score: 81% Flixster User Reviews
Bob Stinson
John Boorman is an underrated director. Tell me the creators of The Sopranos didn't screen this. It's not perfect, in fact some of it is pretty… More
Jim Hunter
A thief, pursued by an old friend from the neighborhood, evades the cops and the IRA. Brendan Gleeson is fantastic as the eponymous character; he's both… More
Lucas Martins
A criative screenplay and terrific direction, just like the acting, The General is a great motion picture. Fresh.
Luke Baldock
John Boorman delicately handles the life of a criminal. It's always a tough job to do because these are horrible people. They thrive on false placed… More
familiar stranger
I thought the movie is about some military general. And quite a brave one for that matter, when the beginning describes him as a legend. Apparently, I was… More
Lady D'arbanville
Brendon Gleeson pulls off the lesser glamorised version of events concerning the infamous Northern Irish Career Criminal known as ?The General? than Kevin… More