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The Guard Reviews

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Roger Moore
McClatchy-Tribune News Service

A laugh-out-loud comedy as hard as "The French Connection," a modern spaghetti Western on the windswept wastes of Ireland."

Full Review Source: McClatchy-Tribune News Service | Original Score: 4/4

January 9, 2013
Simon Weaving

This film belongs to Gleeson - he seems to have effortlessly conjured up a complex and charismatic mix of world-weariness and caring, all wrapped up in that enigmatic Irish charm.

Full Review Source: Screenwize | Original Score: 4.5/5

April 3, 2012
Eric Melin

John Michael McDonagh is having a lot of fun deconstructing the cop procedural in The Guard, because almost nothing goes as planned and everything has a satirical bent. It is a very funny black comedy with a stylish palette.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 3.5/4

January 15, 2012
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice

An impressive performance by Brendan Gleeson as an eccentric, independent and surly cop in a small Irish seaside town.

Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice | Original Score: 3.5/5

January 3, 2012
Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews

Self-conscious gestures in the direction of fish-out-of-water comedies, buddy-cop movies and Westerns don't amount to much in and of themselves, but they tie together as a functional clothesline for character comedy... [Blu-ray]

Full Review Source: Groucho Reviews | Original Score: 3/4

December 29, 2011
Jim Schembri
The Age (Australia)

The Guard offers an offbeat take on a genre without skimping on the violence or gunplay.

Full Review Source: The Age (Australia) | Original Score: 3.5/5

October 18, 2011
Marty Mapes
Movie Habit

Gleeson's enigmatic character: really smart or really dumb?

Full Review Source: Movie Habit | Original Score: 3/4

September 30, 2011
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Despite its flaws it remains entertaining, good for a few laughs.

Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews | Original Score: B

September 29, 2011
Emanuel Levy

This impressive directing debut is a well acted, caustically funny Irish thriller, a classic fish out of water comedy

Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com | Original Score: A-

September 26, 2011
Mike Scott

For all of its seeming conventions, this surprisingly plot-heavy character drama is a wonderfully UNconventional cops-and-robbers picture.

Full Review Source: Times-Picayune | Original Score: 3/4

September 23, 2011
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

McDonagh's older brother John Michael McDonagh has done him one better with the awesome new The Guard.

Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid | Original Score: 3.5/4

September 16, 2011
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Has the promised elements -- though the action isn't very over-the-top -- but it has an inner depth that isn't normally found in films of its supposed type.

Full Review Source: Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC) | Original Score: 4.5/5

September 15, 2011
Matt Glasby

The film's more interested in spending quality time with this unlikely pair than solving crimes. Thanks to McDonagh's sparkling script and some charming central performances, you will be too.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 4/5

September 14, 2011
Jason Zingale

It's not exactly Ireland's answer to Hot Fuzz, [but] the film is a darkly humorous take on the buddy cop genre that fans of the British comedy will enjoy.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 3.5/5

September 9, 2011
Mike Ward

The Guard is raw, modest and charming - maybe the only movie possessing all three characteristics.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 4/4

September 9, 2011
Rob Thomas
Capital Times (Madison, WI)

Writer-director John Michael McDonagh's film plays like a cynical, foul-mouthed version of "In the Heat of the Night."

Full Review Source: Capital Times (Madison, WI) | Original Score: 3.5/4

September 6, 2011
Susan Granger
SSG Syndicate

Amusingly subversive, it's filled with nasty, impudent Irish humor.

Full Review Source: SSG Syndicate | Original Score: 7/10

September 5, 2011
Tony Macklin

The Guard is a vulgar, Irish treat. While many movies recently have ended with contrivance and disappointment, McDonagh's ending is satisfying. And his choice of the last song is ideal. But the dialogue of The Guard still is a puzzlement to me. WTF?

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 3.0/5

September 5, 2011
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing

The Guard is terrific entertainment, and I can't wait to re-watch it on Blu-ray, when I can turn on the subtitles and catch the handful of lines I couldn't locate under those thick brogues.

Full Review Source: Creative Loafing | Original Score: 3.5/4

September 3, 2011
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

Funny and entertaining from first moment to last...

Full Review Source: Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN) | Original Score: 3.5/4

September 2, 2011
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