• Released
  • September 13, 1998
  • R , 2 hr 7 min
  • Drama
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88

ReelViews

By James Berardinelli
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.
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88

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
The film's appeal is in the details. This is one of [Merchant-Ivory's] best films.
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88

USA Today

By Mike Clark
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]
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75

New York Daily News

By Jami Bernard
Soldier's Daughter is at its best when alluding to the quasi- romantic attachments and undefined crushes that develop in small groups and keep the engines whirring. The inchoate longings go round and round, as subtly as befits the movie's rather smallish canvas. [18 Sep 1998, Pg.57]
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75

San Francisco Chronicle

By Peter Stack
By now, fans of the studied loveliness of Merchant Ivory films savor that they aren't pat, slick or especially action-packed. A Soldier's Daughter Never Cries is a fine example -- themes percolate and evolve into poignancy.
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75

TV Guide

James Ivory's direction is meandering in the best sense: Rarely obvious or predictable, he quietly builds a complex portrait of a intimate family.
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63

The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

By Liam Lacey
If the movie is essentially a study of a loving family, A Soldier's Daughter Never Cries is hampered by extraneous scenes that are simply self-indulgent on the director's part.
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60

Empire

Not exactly ground-breaking, but an engaging story prettily told.
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50

San Francisco Examiner

By Walter Addiego
Freed from the demands of adapting an established and complex literary piece, the filmmakers seem to have relaxed - and so can their audience.
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50

Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
A Soldier's Daughter Never Cries is suffused with a rarefied emotional glow, and that's something contemporary audiences may be almost desperate to respond to. Yet the movie is also tentative, rambling, and maddeningly shapeless.
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65 out of 100
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