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Goon (2012)


Average Rating: 6.5/10
Reviews Counted: 103
Fresh: 84 | Rotten: 19

Critics Consensus: Goon is a crude slapstick comedy with well-formed characters and a surprising amount of heart.

Average Rating: 6.3/10
Critic Reviews: 27
Fresh: 23 | Rotten: 4

Critics Consensus: Goon is a crude slapstick comedy with well-formed characters and a surprising amount of heart.


Average Rating: 3.7/5
User Ratings: 20,565


Movie Info

Not content with his job as a bouncer at a local Beantown bar and a bit of an embarrassment to his accomplished family, Doug Glatt (Seann William Scott) dreams of the kind of success enjoyed by minor league hockey goon Ross Rhea (Liev Schreiber). When a chance encounter with an on-ice thug leads to a bloody fist fight that Doug easily wins, the coach of the Halifax Highlanders sees potential in this mammoth sized man who is only hampered by his lack of any hockey playing ability and his … More

Sports & Fitness , Comedy
Directed By:
Written By:
Jay Baruchel , Evan Goldberg
In Theaters:
May 29, 2012
Box Office:
Magnolia Pictures - Official Site



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Critic Reviews for Goon

All Critics (103) | Top Critics (27) | Fresh (84) | Rotten (19) | DVD (4)

As the brutality ramps up, and the story gains real consequence, for some reason, we actually laugh harder. Goon is a comedy, often a very funny one, but you might be hesitant to call it that once you've actually seen it.

Full Review… | January 8, 2013
New York Magazine/Vulture
Top Critic

[Scott] is reason enough to see the film, which otherwise is a by-the-book sports comedy.

Full Review… | April 20, 2012
Washington Post
Top Critic

The movie's unlikely sincerity can't completely offset its ugliness for less bloodthirsty viewers, but it helps, and it does smooth over some narrative rough edges.

Full Review… | April 12, 2012
Boston Globe
Top Critic

The movie is harsh, nasty and vulgar like you wouldn't believe. And often, it's hilarious.

Full Review… | April 5, 2012
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

It's an underdog story that doesn't take itself too seriously, tender as a bruise and about as blue.

Full Review… | March 30, 2012
Top Critic

George Roy Hill's classic Slap Shot may still hold the title as the quintessential hockey comedy, but Goon certainly deserves to be mentioned in its company, juggling charm and grit and raunch and bloody teeth with assuredness and aplomb.

Full Review… | March 30, 2012
Top Critic

Crosses the blue line so often you're compelled to pin it against the boards and administer a quick knee to the groin.

Full Review… | June 2, 2013
The Patriot Ledger

The result is a 92-minute misconduct penalty.

Full Review… | January 8, 2013
National Post

A disarmingly sweet descendant of the blood-on-the-ice classic Slap Shot.

Full Review… | January 8, 2013
Time Out Chicago

It's the kind of small-budget comedy that earns your goodwill early and easily, even if it isn't breaking new ground or transcending its readily apparent monetary constraints.

Full Review… | January 8, 2013
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Scott, never known for being choosy about his roles, actually has ended up in a sweet little movie.

Full Review… | January 8, 2013
Austin American-Statesman

This so-called hockey thug is actually a nice guy and I found myself rooting for him to knock those other players out. This film is based on a true story.

Full Review… | December 4, 2012
Laramie Movie Scope

An appealing low-brow farce going at full speed to capture in its cartoonish presentation the cliches, macho dynamics, violence and fights of minor league hockey players.

Full Review… | November 20, 2012
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

What we end up with is a film that just isn't interesting, entertaining, or funny.

Full Review… | September 16, 2012

Goon will definitely provide an entertaining diversion from the February blahs and may even leave you cheering for more.

Full Review… | September 15, 2012
We Got This Covered

The bloodier the film gets, the sweeter Scott's lion-hearted enforcer seems, cheerfully taking pucks and sticks and skates to the face with a smile, all in the service of his beloved team.

Full Review… | August 5, 2012

Liberally peppered with profanities and comedic hockey-related violence, Goon finds plenty to laugh at in the coarse words and antics of athletes.

Full Review… | June 20, 2012
Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema

Goon is a remarkably sweet, shockingly violent and incredibly enjoyable movie that ranks up there as one of the best hockey films ever made.

Full Review… | June 6, 2012

a film about honor, love and loyalty that transcends its subject matter and can connect to a larger audience if they give it a chance

Full Review… | June 6, 2012
7M Pictures

This proves we don't need a remake of 'Slap Shot.' Funny and violent, 'Goon' is a very good sports movie.

Full Review… | April 29, 2012
The Scorecard Review

Exuberantly off-color, bloody, and frequently laugh-'til-you-choke hilarious.

Full Review… | April 27, 2012
Austin Chronicle

Profane, bloody, and sophomoric, it's a comic adrenaline rush with a surprisingly sweet heart.

Full Review… | April 26, 2012

Main character as endearing as he is brutal

Full Review… | April 15, 2012
Movie Habit

Loveable lug finds his calling as a hockey fighter

Full Review… | April 15, 2012
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Audience Reviews for Goon

I'm sure the story of this film is pretty good, but I could not get through the first quarter because of the copious amount of swearing. I'm pretty open-minded when it comes to stuff like that and I don't recall ever not finishing a film, but this was so over the top it was distracting to the point of annoyance.

Jon Lantz

Super Reviewer

I know very little about Ice Hockey but I do know that it can be pretty violent at times. If I didn't already know that then I certainly would have after watching Goon. An unsweetened bit of realism then and that's never a bad thing. However, I didn't like the humour very much. Well done to Jay Baruchel who has written a good film in his first attempt, he just should have thought about writing himself out of it. I'm not a fan of Seann William Scott, Ice Hockey, violence or most things contained in this film but somehow I quite liked it, maybe it was the romance or the freshness of the disjointed narrative, I don't know, but it works!

Anthony Lawrie

Super Reviewer

A very simple, and yet beautiful film, about the life of Doug Glatt (William Scott), a bouncer turned hockey enforcer. It remains very sweet as it follows the even tempered and quite friendly Doug while he gratefully takes on the role of enforcer, or hockey fighter, in the minor leagues. The first great thing about this film is that it has some of the bloodiest fights ever seen, and they're all fun to watch because they come from a place of spectator sport and not filthy bloodlust. To say that they're one and the same is subjective, but when it comes to this film they're separated easily enough. What's also interesting seems to be the character that is Doug. While obviously not human in his retention of pain and misunderstanding from everyone around him, he was likable, even lovable. I will say it, I love the character of Doug Glatt, a man who sees the best in everyone and remains humble and loyal. That and the film is just downright entertaining. From the romantic relationship between Glatt and Eva (Pill), to his friendship with the epithet screaming Pat (Baruchel), to his strange rivalry with Ross Rhea (Schreiber), every relationship in this film entertains. The characters are interesting, the sports scenes actually build tension for the forthcoming final game, and some of these shots are just priceless. Especially when it comes to the fight scenes. They are unapologetically bloody, not at all over exaggerated, and feel very real and yet didn't have the same glory attributed to them in the real world. There's definitely a lack of glory, and clarification of what it means to be a hockey hero or someone who protects their team from hateful rivals. It was also great to find out that Doug was a real person in the credits where they showed some of his real hockey fights. They look as gruesome as the film, which lends even further to the film's realism.

Spencer S.

Super Reviewer

Goon is a film that I have revisited a couple times now and badly want it to become a sports comedy classic. It is very funny, pretty violent and vulgar, but well-acted, and oddly sweet. The story surrounds Seann William Scott as Doug Glott, a bouncer-turned-hockey player, after he beats up a hockey player at a game and is recruited to be an enforcer for the Halifax Highlanders. During Glott's time on the team, he successfully beats up many people for the good of the team, while helping the team regain their confidence. At the same time, he falls in love with a girl (Alison Pill), who tends to sleep around quite a bit. Meanwhile, Live Shreiber is also in the film as a veteran enforcer, who plans to retire after this year, but won't go down without a good final fight.

What I really love about Goon is that it is such a nice movie. Given that it is about Doug beating the crap out of people, that may sound strange, but the film is not at all mean-spirited. Doug literally apologizes to the people he hurts, because he means it. He is just doing what he is told, but admires hockey and the players a great deal. Seann William Scott does some of his best work here, further showing that he is much better than just playing Stifler in other films. Everyone is quite good here, with Schreiber really delivering in spades, as he nails this part of the veteran fighter, who even gets a chance to embody De Niro in Heat, during a diner confrontation with Scott's character.

Written by Jay Baruchel and Evan Goldberg, the film is based on a true story, but manages to deliver huge in the way of laughs and fun all around. The story is a fun alternative to standard sports tales, the actors are all invested enough, without going over the top in a way that is unfitting of the tone of the film, and the general spirit of this very R-rated features is very welcoming to all who enjoy films like Slap Shot or Bull Durham.

Aaron Neuwirth

Super Reviewer

Goon Quotes

Eva: You make me want to stop sleeping with a bunch of guys. Doug Glatt: That's the nicest thing anyone's ever said to me.
– Submitted by Jonathan R (8 months ago)
Doug Glatt: 69! Take the number 69. It's hilarious.
– Submitted by Bryan G (14 months ago)
Doug Glatt: I think I nailed him.
– Submitted by Adam C (15 months ago)
Ronnie Hortense: Good skills. Too bad those are your own guys you just fucked up. Doug Glatt: Oh sorry. Ronnie Hortense: On the bright side. Those were your own guys you just fucked up.
– Submitted by Connor N (20 months ago)
– Submitted by Connor N (20 months ago)
Eva: I'm sorry I don't 'like' like you. Doug Glatt: This is awkward. [reveals present]
– Submitted by Connor N (20 months ago)

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