General Orders No. 9

Part dream, part analysis and part history lesson, this experimental documentary uses the state of Georgia to illustrate the way in which man's presence ultimately changes, and sometimes destroys, the Earth's natural environment.
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Netflix Rating: 2.7
Rotten Tomatoes: Rotten 55%
Critics' score: 55   Audience score: 46   Rotten Tomatoes page
Top Rotten Tomatoes Critics

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

Joe Williams, St. Louis Post-Dispatch

An intimate, meticulously crafted meditation on the impact of civilization on the natural and spiritual landscape of the American South. full review

Jeff Shannon, Seattle Times

"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." full review

Neil Genzlinger, New York Times

General Orders No. 9 strains for elegiac profundity and ends up as bad, backward-looking poetry. full review

Keith Uhlich, Time Out New York

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. full review

David Rooney, Hollywood Reporter

Much of this commentary, equally in awe of progress and suspicious of it, is strikingly sincere. full review

Karina Longworth, Village Voice
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  • Release Year: 2009
  • MPAA Rating: NR
  • Runtime: 72 min
  • Available From: Dec 19, 2012
  • Queued by: 87 people
Directed By
Robert Persons
William Davidson

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