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  • 75
    Peter Stack San Francisco Chronicle

    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. show more

  • 88
    Mike Clark USA Today

    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] show more

  • 75
    Jami Bernard New York Daily News

    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] show more

  • 88
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    The film's appeal is in the details. This is one of [Merchant-Ivory's] best films. show more

  • 88
    James Berardinelli ReelViews

    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. show more

  • 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. show more

  • 63
    Liam Lacey The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

    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. show more

  • 50
    Walter Addiego San Francisco Examiner

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

  • 60

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

  • 50
    Marjorie Baumgarten Austin Chronicle

    The story's accumulation of scattered impressions is exactly what bedevils the film's overall impact. The story lacks focus, sustained development, and direction. show more

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