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The Guard Reviews

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Christopher Lloyd
Sarasota Herald-Tribune

The Guard is the sort of movie that makes you smile and squirm, often within the confines of the same scene. It's certainly engaging, though many times I felt the film's stylistic choices overwhelmed its sense of itself.

Full Review Source: Sarasota Herald-Tribune | Original Score: 3.5/5

August 31, 2011
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press

Brendan Gleeson is always worth seeing, but there are much better places to see him.

Full Review Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press | Original Score: 2/4

August 12, 2011
Nick Pinkerton
Village Voice
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As Cheadle drifts around a vaguely thought-through role, The Guard bets everything on Gleeson's boyish twinkle -- and tends to overestimate its own raffish charm.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

July 27, 2011
Michelle Orange
Movieline

From its assaultive, nihilistic prologue to its last flat invocation of American culture, The Guard foregrounds the extent to which it is leaning on artifice and affect to get over.

Full Review Source: Movieline | Original Score: 5.5/10

July 28, 2011
Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
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This black comedy needed to be a whole lot blacker and funnier.

Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor

August 5, 2011
Duane Dudek
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

It takes a special skill to make this sort of complex schematic coherent, and, the attractive performances aside, it doesn't always work here.

Full Review Source: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel | Original Score: 2.5/4

September 1, 2011
William Kostakis
MovieFIX

Delightfully dark, The Guard is the latest buddy comedy classic, and a must-see for fans of Hot Fuzz and In Bruges.

Full Review Source: MovieFIX | Original Score: 5/5

August 25, 2011
Emilia Barrosse
New York Press

McDonaugh's reflective script and darker tone separates it from the usual pacing of the standard cop film.

Full Review Source: New York Press

August 3, 2011
Emmet O'Cuana
FILMINK (Australia)

Driven by pitch-perfect performances and a darkly humoured script, this ends up an hysterically funny and immensely enjoyable romp.

Full Review Source: FILMINK (Australia)

August 25, 2011
Zara Miller
Little White Lies

The funniest action comedy for a long time.

Full Review Source: Little White Lies | Original Score: 4/5

August 18, 2011
Simon Miraudo
Quickflix

The film falters when it gets into the somber philosophising that was done so much better in [Martin McDonough's] In Bruges. Still, that movie was primarily a drama, and this one is absolutely a comedy. One of the funniest of the year, no question.

Full Review Source: Quickflix | Original Score: 4/5

August 24, 2011
Matthew Toomey
ABC Radio Brisbane

Brendan Gleeson's performance in The Guard will be remembered as one of the best of 2011.

Full Review Source: ABC Radio Brisbane | Original Score: A-

August 28, 2011

While the film treads close to caricature at times, with standard-issue country cop vs. city cop conflicts, and a trio of self-consciously quirky baddies, McDonagh's wildly inventive writing compensates for any boilerplate aspects in the plot.

Full Review Source: DCist | Original Score: 7/10

August 12, 2011
Jason Zingale
Bullz-Eye.com

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: Bullz-Eye.com | Original Score: 3.5/5

September 9, 2011
Martin Roberts
Fan The Fire

The ambiguous ending raises a smile rather than a frown, and leaves one hoping that the McDonagh brothers will continue to find charismatic and interesting roles for Brendan Gleeson in films to come.

Full Review Source: Fan The Fire | Original Score: 4/5

September 2, 2011
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
Jeff Meyers
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)

Like bacon, Brendan Gleeson makes everything taste better.

Full Review Source: Metro Times (Detroit, MI) | Original Score: B+

August 19, 2011
Ed Gibbs
Sydney Morning Herald

The film is foul-mouthed and not without its flourishes of violence but it's irresistibly likeable (and unpredictable).

Full Review Source: Sydney Morning Herald | Original Score: 8/10

August 25, 2011
Graham Young
Birmingham Post

Offering shades of Sidney Poitier's In The Heat of the Night, The Guard is a good character study with an above average script.

Full Review Source: Birmingham Post | Original Score: 3/5

August 18, 2011
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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"The Guard" is a pleasure. I can't tell if it's really (bleeping) dumb or really (bleeping) smart, but it's pretty (bleeping) good.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 3.5/4

August 4, 2011
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