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The Guard Reviews

Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
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Although The Guard is primarily a language romp, it's also a terrific showcase for veteran pug-faced character actor Brendan Gleeson.

Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 3/4

August 26, 2011
Peter Howell
Toronto Star
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Brendan Gleeson is a blooming marvel.

Full Review Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 3/4

August 26, 2011
Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle
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Crisp, acid-tongued and sharply acted, it's the sort of exercise in tangy Celtic cynicism that's become one of the Emerald Isle's most reliable imports.

Full Review Source: Houston Chronicle | Original Score: 4/5

August 19, 2011
Tom Long
Detroit News
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There are few things finer in cinema than Brendan Gleeson's fat, happy face.

Full Review Source: Detroit News | Original Score: B

August 19, 2011
Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
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McDonagh's script is agile, darting between the ridiculous, the sage and the surprisingly sentimental. His love of language and the absurd has hints of the wisecracking Quentin Tarantino. But the story is decidedly more rooted in Ireland's loamy turf.

Full Review Source: Denver Post | Original Score: 3.5/4

August 19, 2011
Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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"The Guard" is violent, profane and funny.

Full Review Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch | Original Score: 3/4

August 19, 2011
Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
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"The Guard" is not the most original buddy-cop movie you'll see, but it well may be one of the most entertaining.

Full Review Source: Arizona Republic | Original Score: 4.5/5

August 18, 2011
Tom Huddleston
Time Out
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A hugely entertaining but frustratingly disorganised film, packed with priceless moments which never quite coalesce into a rewarding whole.

Full Review Source: Time Out | Original Score: 3/5

August 17, 2011
Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
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"The Guard" himself may be no angel, but his movie is a wee slice of heaven.

Full Review Source: Washington Post | Original Score: 2.5/4

August 12, 2011
John Hartl
Seattle Times
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Like an Irish version of "In the Heat of the Night," the profane and frequently hilarious "The Guard" watches the sparks fly as a smart African-American detective teams up with an unapologetically racist County Galway policeman.

Full Review Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 3/4

August 11, 2011
Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
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Rich with inspired musings on pop culture, literature, philosophy, race, sex.

Full Review Source: Philadelphia Inquirer | Original Score: 3.5/4

August 11, 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
Michael Wilmington
Chicago Reader
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Brendan Gleeson, as beefily Irish an actor as anyone since Victor McLaglen, is always believable and frequently hilarious.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

August 5, 2011
Ty Burr
Boston Globe
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When it's over it evaporates, leaving only the acrid smoke of its dialogue and the memory of Gleeson reducing lesser mortals to cinders.

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 3.5/4

August 4, 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
Andrew O'Hehir
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A nifty little Irish summer vacation.

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July 31, 2011
Mark Jenkins
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If the movie's mix of nihilistic violence and snarky attitude suggests In Bruges, it's a family resemblance.

Full Review Source: NPR

July 29, 2011
Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
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"The Guard," alas, is just as flawed as Gerry. But occasionally - when Gleeson or Cheadle or Flanagan is on screen - it's nice to pretend it isn't.

Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger | Original Score: 2.5/4

July 29, 2011
Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
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McDonagh indulges in too many '90s affectations, from blaring chapter titles to philosophizing gangsters. But he captures his misty setting's insular atmosphere beautifully.

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 3/5

July 29, 2011
Kyle Smith
New York Post
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McDonagh is your man when it comes to cruelly funny dialogue, and Gleeson makes it sing and sting.

Full Review Source: New York Post | Original Score: 3/4

July 29, 2011
Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
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An impish and impudent black comedy that knows where it's going and how to get there, it gives veteran actor Brendan Gleeson one of the tastiest roles of his career and introduces a gifted writer-director with a familiar family name.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 4/5

July 28, 2011
Manohla Dargis
New York Times
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Mr. Gleeson's rogue is a treat, however conceptually contrived, and Mr. Cheadle's lightly played gravity is a pleasure.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 3/5

July 28, 2011
Keith Phipps
AV Club
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Though Cheadle is good as a man pushed to his breaking point at every moment, the movie belongs to Gleeson, who keeps his character enigmatic even while engaging in every possible act of slovenly excess and gross negligence.

Full Review Source: AV Club | Original Score: B

July 28, 2011
Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
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Don Cheadle, as an FBI agent trying to stop a drug ring, makes the perfect foil.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: B

July 27, 2011
Eric D. Snider
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This is a very Irish, very McDonagh, very Gleeson production, with the requisite amount of cheerfully abrasive humor and mayhem.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: B

July 27, 2011
Jake Coyle
Associated Press
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In a cinema world so awash in either corporate flatness or high-art pretension, "The Guard" is a proud, foul-mouthed exception.

Full Review Source: Associated Press | Original Score: 3/4

July 27, 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
Alison Willmore
Time Out New York
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[Gleeson] is both the comic center and the melancholy heart of a film that's content to put its sprawl of engaging characters above their meandering trail of misdeeds.

Full Review Source: Time Out New York | Original Score: 4/5

July 27, 2011
Todd McCarthy
Hollywood Reporter
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Scabrous, profane, violent, verbally adroit and often hilarious, this twisted and exceptionally accomplished variation on the buddy-cop format is capped by a protean performance from Brendan Gleeson.

Full Review Source: Hollywood Reporter

July 26, 2011
Justin Chang
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Rudely funny and faintly melancholic... screenwriter John Michael McDonagh's directorial debut is a stylish lark whose many disparate elements somehow manage to go down as smoothly as Guinness.

Full Review Source: Variety

July 26, 2011
Richard Brody
New Yorker
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Gleeson and Cheadle are a pair of sharply matched pros who pour their heart into a narrow range of riffs and mannerisms that take the place of character and thought.

Full Review Source: New Yorker

July 24, 2011
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