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The General's Daughter

Respected Army Gen. Joe Campbell (James Cromwell) is headed for a hero's retirement -- until his daughter is raped and murdered on his military base, and warrant officers and ex-lovers Paul Brenner (John Travolta) and Sara Sunhill (Madeleine Stowe) are given 36 hours to solve the convoluted case. But what they discover could bring the entire base down. Simon West directs this thriller based on the novel by Nelson DeMille.
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Netflix Rating: 3.5
Rotten Tomatoes: Rotten 23%
Critics' score: 23   Audience score: 54   Rotten Tomatoes page
Top Rotten Tomatoes Critics

So nonsensical and asinine that it would take all 14,000 miles of cable holding up the Brooklyn Bridge to suspend your disbelief.

Rod Dreher, New York Post

This movie's idea of psychology is Freudian at its most risque.

Sean Means, Film.com

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. full review

Rick Groen, Globe and Mail

In terms of tone, the film is all over the map. full review

Jeff Strickler, Minneapolis Star Tribune

A lurid mess, a Southern gumbo simmering in Gothic cliche.

Peter Travers, Rolling Stone

A middling, so-so thriller. full review

Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times

For all the stars' intensity as investigators, nobody in this whodunit really seems interested in the upshot. full review

Janet Maslin, New York Times

When there's nothing to blow up, the movie sort of blows itself up.

Jeff Millar, Houston Chronicle

A consistently involving effort! full review

James Berardinelli, ReelViews

This pumped-up contrived, misogynistic military murder mystery is just about the tackiest excuse for summer entertainment I've ever seen!

Kevin Maynard, Mr. Showbiz

The General's Daughter is a well-made thriller with a lot of good acting. full review

Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times

A self-destructive movie.

Michael Wilmington, Chicago Tribune

The General's Daughter is an overheated thriller populated by actors who far outclass the material. full review

Susan Stark, Detroit News

There's a line at which a movie stops being about something nasty and becomes one more example of the nastiness it's supposedly condemning. full review

Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle

Its vision of reality seems so stylized, so fake, that I came out of it wondering whether it has the slightest idea what it's talking about. full review

Andrew O'Hehir, Salon.com

General's Daughter strives to be a political nail-biter in the tradition of Fred Zinnemann, Alan J. Pakula and Oliver Stone, but there's really no comparison.

David Hunter, Hollywood Reporter

The overriding tone is soggy. About the only thing that's crisp in this movie is the way everybody salutes. full review

Peter Rainer, New York Magazine
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