The General's Daughter


Mixed or average reviews - based on 24 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 24
  2. Negative: 5 out of 24

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Critic Reviews

  1. 60
    A prosaic, sexually perverse thriller masquerading as a critical look at military injustice.
  2. Travolta again carries a film with enjoyable ease, even if this one remains badly diminished by its perverse streak.
  3. 60
    Plotwise, Daughter is an "aha!"-intensive but thoroughly random mystery.
  4. 60
    The General's Daughter isn't a poorly made or acted film, but it's so shallow, hypocritical, and sleazy that it's difficult not to find it repulsive.
  5. A middling, so-so thriller about a murder investigation on an Army base, it falls to Earth somewhere between failure and success, inconclusive to the end.
  6. It should be said that Travolta delivers a wonderful performance that's lost in a mediocre -- and, at times, rather misogynistic and homophobic -- film.
  7. 50
    Isn't the worst film in the world, but 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.
  8. 50
    The feminist veneer is the most deeply disturbing part of this callow thriller, whose fetishizing of a dead woman's body (and a live woman's sexual behavior) is far more questionable than anything even "The Silence of the Lambs" has been accused of.
  9. 50
    Watching John Travolta ease into a role is always a pleasure, but this film version of Nelson DeMille's 1992 best-selling mystery novel is a lurid mess.
  10. An expensive-looking new detective thriller that should have been much better.
  11. The whole lurid business is undeniably entertaining, but it leaves a bad taste.
  12. The plot is a nonsensical mess -- which just caps off the ugliness.
  13. The acting is fine. The ensemble is strong. The story moves along. Yet a coating of sleaze clings to the film, like bread dipped in batter.
  14. Highly recommended for graduate psychology students in aberrant sexuality, but others can probably skip sans regret.
  15. 40
    The General's Daughter purports to be a serious examination of the seedy underbelly of military life, but one has the uneasy sensation that it simply wants to show as much of it on screen as possible.
User Score

Generally unfavorable reviews- based on 43 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 2 out of 3
  1. Jul 26, 2016
    Watching Travolta play his character to the perfection that he does, only served to remind me why I didn't sign up - holding my tongue andWatching Travolta play his character to the perfection that he does, only served to remind me why I didn't sign up - holding my tongue and biting my lip isn't me; and how he speaks his mind at the end of the movie to the General - LOVE IT !

    Is the movie any good? Oh sure it is - its a great 'who-dunnit'.... 'who-did-it'.....and for such an excellent movie, I can't understand why this isn't repeated across our screens instead of the tired 'same old' rubbish. Casting was well thought out with almost every aspect of this area not having any stone left unturned, their reward for their efforts is that actors 'click' and it shows too incorporating a very strong storyline, adding some excellent actors, very good camera-work and fine direction...a movie worth 90 minutes of anyone's time is here. Very Travolta extolling the virtues of ''....I particularly like the bath beads...'' Definitely Highly Recommended and gets a 10/5 from me, lol
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