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.
A disarmingly sweet descendant of the blood-on-the-ice classic Slap Shot.
| Original Score: 4/5
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.
| Original Score: 3/4
Scott, never known for being choosy about his roles, actually has ended up in a sweet little movie.
| Original Score: 3/5
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.
| Original Score: B
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.
Goon will definitely provide an entertaining diversion from the February blahs and may even leave you cheering for more.
| Original Score: 7.5/10
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.
Liberally peppered with profanities and comedic hockey-related violence, Goon finds plenty to laugh at in the coarse words and antics of athletes.
| Original Score: B-
Goon is a remarkably sweet, shockingly violent and incredibly enjoyable movie that ranks up there as one of the best hockey films ever made.
| Original Score: 9/10
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
| Original Score: 3.5/5
This proves we don't need a remake of 'Slap Shot.' Funny and violent, 'Goon' is a very good sports movie.
| Original Score: 8/10
Exuberantly off-color, bloody, and frequently laugh-'til-you-choke hilarious.
Profane, bloody, and sophomoric, it's a comic adrenaline rush with a surprisingly sweet heart.
| Original Score: B+
[Scott] is reason enough to see the film, which otherwise is a by-the-book sports comedy.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Main character as endearing as he is brutal
Loveable lug finds his calling as a hockey fighter
| Original Score: 3.5/4
The best hockey comedy since 'Slap Shot.'
| Original Score: B plus
The picture captures the crude, raucous locker-rrom spirit of 'Slap Shot' with surprising jollity, and it's peopled with amusing characters, all played with relish.
Scott gives a wonderfully economical performance that anchors this fast-paced outing.