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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. Reviewed by: Mike Clark
    88
    The movie grows on you, lingers in the mind and may pick up a cult. Take away Heat and Dust, Howards End and The Remains of the Day, and it's as satisfying as any movie the filmmaking team's ever made. [18 Sep 1998, Pg.03.E]
  3. 88
    The film's appeal is in the details. This is one of [Merchant-Ivory's] best films.
  4. Reviewed by: Emanuel Levy
    70
    The filmmakers give new saga a freer, looser form than is usual, allowing a superlative ensemble to develop rich characterizations.
  5. 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.
  6. A major weakness of A Soldier's Daughter is that it has no real plot.
  7. Reviewed by: Joshua Klein
    30
    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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