“ It's fast and entertaining while sustaining enough authenticity and ambiguity to keep things constantly interesting.
“Overall this film is very entertaining with a dark edge to it.
“ I enjoyed it as a history/social studies lesson.
“" Martin Cahill, from what I know, would seem to share that sentiment, but not out of any political bent; indeed, he's all the more fascinating for being completely apolitical.
“ Great stuff all round, with a moody saxophone score, and stunning performances.
“ My advice is don't waste your time.
“ I did not sympathize or hate the Brendan Gleeson character because the way the Cahill character is written is simply flat and dull.
“ In short, "The General" is only mildly interesting, mildly entertaining, and mildly amusing.
“ And, I recommend it highly for a Saturday night rental; just be forewarned that it is quite brutal and intense at times.
“Impressive, thought-provoking and thoroughly entertaining.
“ For those of you who found the film boring, i would suggest never watching another movie made in 'real ireland' again, because you will not have the appreciation for the background, dialogue or humour at all.
“ the general is a bore...
“ I think that might explain some of the 'boring' commentary in previous reviews.
“ John Boorman's highly-feted 'comeback' picture is an entertaining tale that is fatally undermined by its almost light-hearted depiction of a vicious career criminal who thought nothing of intimidating witnesses to prevent them testifying against him and who matter-of-factly nails the hands of one of his cohorts, whom he (wrongly) suspects of stealing from him, to a snooker table.
“ You have to be patient with it, just to let the characters develop, but it's certainly an enjoyable film.
“ Very funny, enjoyable tale that is equal handed if a little sentimental .
“ Over touted, misbilled as drama, and only mildly entertaining.
“ We have a case where the whole matter was uninteresting.
“ (Brendan Gleeson) is so unwatchable as the lead.
“ It is a tough but ultimately sympathetic performance of a cop dragged unwillingly into the gutter.
“ Not a shot is wasted, the editing is fluid and evocative, and the central performance from Brendan Gleeson outstanding.
“ I first watched this in 1999 and enjoyed it then.
“ I saw it in the 14 Festival Internacional de Cine de Mar del Plata and I really enjoyed it.
“ When he does have it, like in POINT BLANK or HOPE AND GLORY, it's engaging and compelling, and he has a great story here(isn't it funny that while he's know for his visual work, his best films, like this and HOPE AND GLORY, he also wrote?
“ When he doesn't have it, like in BEYOND RANGOON or - sad to say, for me for the most part - DELIVERANCE, it's all empty.
“" Moments that in a better film might come across as shocking or appalling are just dull and time-consuming here.
“ This is a fine and entertaining film.
“ You should never judge a book by its cover and just because this film is in B&W doesnt take anything away from a truly entertaining movie.