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  • Summary: Based on the family life of writer James Jones, this film portrays an unconventional American family living in Paris in the sixties and seventies from the point of view of the daughter.
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  1. Positive: 15 out of 23
  2. Negative: 2 out of 23
  1. Soldier's Daughter thrives less on Hollywood-style drama than on nuances of personality, details of everyday life, and emotions so commonplace that conventional movies rarely take the time to acknowledge them, much less explore them with loving care.
  2. 88
    Not only was I touched by the characters and engrossed by their story during the 120 minutes they were on screen, but I could have easily spent another hour or two with them.
  3. 88
    The film's appeal is in the details. This is one of [Merchant-Ivory's] best films.
  4. The three parts add up to a rather lumpy narrative, and the characters are perceived through a kind of affectionate recollection that tends to idealize them, but they're so beautifully realized that they linger like cherished friends.
  5. Reviewed by: Emanuel Levy
    The filmmakers give new saga a freer, looser form than is usual, allowing a superlative ensemble to develop rich characterizations.
  6. Reviewed by: Giala Murray
    Not exactly ground-breaking, but an engaging story prettily told.
  7. Reviewed by: Joshua Klein
    With the development of most characters truncated in order to concentrate on Sobieski (who looks eerily like a young Helen Hunt), the film proves pretty dissatisfying.

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