• PG, 1 hr. 38 min.
  • Drama
  • Directed By:
    Jim Simpson
    In Theaters:
    Apr 25, 2003 Limited
    On DVD:
    Sep 9, 2003
  • Focus Features
  • The Guys
    2 minutes 8 seconds
    Added: May 9, 2008


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The Guys Reviews

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Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed

Very well acted performances from Sigourney Weaver and Anthony Lapaglia, the excellent screenplay, and fluid hazy direction make this a hidden masterpiece.

Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed

April 29, 2009
Michael Dequina

The occasional intercut of fire department surveillance camera footage isn't exactly making the most of the cinema medium.

Full Review Source: TheMovieReport.com | Original Score: 2.5/4

February 6, 2009
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews

Painfully earnest but sporadically quite moving...

Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews | Original Score: 2.5/4

March 19, 2008
Jordan Hiller

The Guys accurately reflects all the helplessness and directionless determination of those unreal days.

Full Review Source: Bangitout.com | Original Score: 2.5

December 27, 2004
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher

If you want an idea of what New York was like in the immediate days after 9/11, here you go.

Full Review Source: Flick Filosopher

September 12, 2003
Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
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Weaver, LaPaglia and director Simpson have little problem keeping us involved as they grapple with conflicting feelings in the ways nearly all Americans did.

Full Review Source: Detroit Free Press | Original Score: 3/4

July 4, 2003
Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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A noble attempt, but not much more.

Full Review Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution | Original Score: C+

July 4, 2003
Randy Cordova
Arizona Republic
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A well-intentioned misfire that doesn't work in the way it intended.

| Original Score: 2/5

July 4, 2003
Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central

[An example of our instinct to] moderate collective tragedies into easily-digested cud for bovine mastication on the Oprah show.

Full Review Source: Film Freak Central | Original Score: 0.5/4

July 3, 2003
Jean Lowerison
San Diego Metropolitan

Do not miss this film.

Full Review Source: San Diego Metropolitan

June 21, 2003
David Elliott
San Diego Union-Tribune

A modest masterpiece.

Full Review Source: San Diego Union-Tribune | Original Score: 4/4

June 20, 2003
Greg Dean Schmitz
Greg's Previews at Yahoo! Movies

Besides the fact that it's about 9/11, it's also an effective film because you learn something about the lives of the firemen who are willing to lay down their lives for our safety, which was true long before the year 2001

May 19, 2003
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

What makes the movie work - to an admittedly limited extent - is the commitment of two genuinely engaging performers. Weaver and LaPaglia are both excellent, in the kind of low-key way that allows us to forget that they are actually movie folk.

Full Review | Original Score: B-

May 5, 2003
Rex Reed
New York Observer
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One of those rare and exemplary motion pictures that is likely to make audiences of strangers want to hold hands.

May 1, 2003
Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
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If anyone needs reminding of those profound post-9/11 feelings, now or later, The Guys will be there to do it.

Full Review Source: New York Daily News

April 22, 2003
Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
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The sobriety of the play has been preserved at the expense of the movie.

Full Review Source: New York Observer

April 15, 2003
Marshall Fine
Journal News (Westchester, NY)

Stands as a document of what it felt like to be a New Yorker -- or, really, to be a human being -- in the weeks after 9/11.

Full Review Source: Journal News (Westchester, NY) | Original Score: B+

April 5, 2003
Claudia Puig
USA Today
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Worth seeing just for Weaver and LaPaglia.

Full Review Source: USA Today | Original Score: 2.5/4

April 4, 2003
Ken Fox
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Simply and eloquently articulates the tangled feelings of particular New Yorkers deeply touched by an unprecedented tragedy.

Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide | Original Score: 3.5/5

April 4, 2003
Jim Judy
Screen It!

A well-made and moving but sad look at the aftermath [of 9/11].

Full Review Source: Screen It! | Original Score: 7/10

April 4, 2003
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