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The Guys (2003)


Average Rating: 6.4/10
Reviews Counted: 62
Fresh: 45
Rotten: 17

Critics Consensus: A moving tribute.

Average Rating: 6/10
Reviews Counted: 24
Fresh: 16
Rotten: 8

Critics Consensus: A moving tribute.


Average Rating: 3.2/5
User Ratings: 1,304




Movie Info

Adapted from a stage play by Anne Nelson, a drama centering on a slice of the aftermath of the 9/11 tragedy. Nick, a fire captain, who lost eight men in the collapse of the World Trade Center, enlists help from an editor, Joan, to prepare their eulogies. Nick builds a relationship with Joan, who helps him put together the difficult, heartfelt speeches that he must deliver with honor, humor and poise--all the while, navigating his way through his own emotional response.

PG (for thematic elements and brief language)
Directed By:
Written By:
Jim Simpson
In Theaters:
Sep 9, 2003
Focus Features


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Critic Reviews for The Guys

All Critics (65) | Top Critics (25) | Fresh (45) | Rotten (17) | DVD (3)

A well-intentioned misfire that doesn't work in the way it intended.

July 4, 2003
Arizona Republic
Top Critic

A noble attempt, but not much more.

Full Review… | July 4, 2003
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Top Critic

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… | July 4, 2003
Detroit Free Press
Top Critic

One of those rare and exemplary motion pictures that is likely to make audiences of strangers want to hold hands.

May 1, 2003
New York Observer
Top Critic

If anyone needs reminding of those profound post-9/11 feelings, now or later, The Guys will be there to do it.

Full Review… | April 22, 2003
New York Daily News
Top Critic

The sobriety of the play has been preserved at the expense of the movie.

Full Review… | April 15, 2003
New York Observer
Top Critic

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

Full Review… | April 29, 2009
Cinema Crazed

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

Full Review… | February 6, 2009

Painfully earnest but sporadically quite moving...

Full Review… | March 19, 2008
Reel Film Reviews

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

Full Review… | December 27, 2004

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

Full Review… | September 12, 2003
Flick Filosopher

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

Full Review… | July 3, 2003
Film Freak Central

Do not miss this film.

Full Review… | June 21, 2003
San Diego Metropolitan

A modest masterpiece.

Full Review… | June 20, 2003
San Diego Union-Tribune

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
Greg's Previews at Yahoo! Movies

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… | May 5, 2003
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

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… | April 5, 2003
Journal News (Westchester, NY)

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

Full Review… | April 4, 2003
TV Guide's Movie Guide

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

Full Review… | April 4, 2003
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Audience Reviews for The Guys

This is a tough movie to comment on, because i want to like it as i love Anthony Lapaglia and Sigourney weaver is amazing in this but it is a slow movie, really emotional and depressing and just not very much going on, i think they could of added a bit moreto this movie but it was nice to see a different view from what happened on 9/11!
This movie reminds me of Flight 93 also known as United 93 although not very much going on a bit slow and you could say boring but its harsh to say this when its based on real events and is truly sad. Like Flight 93 at the end it made me blubber it dedicated the movie to the fallen firefighters and listed every single one of there names and it got really emotional and sad!
Anthony Lapaglia plays a chief fireman who is ment to write something for memorials of his fallen men but cant think of anything to write so he asks for a journalist played by sigourney weaver for her help and between them they write speeches! This movie is majority set in weavers house with just te two of them talking! If you want excitement then this isnt the movie for you! Really this film isnt predictable becuase its hard to see where this movie is going because you sort expect more from this movie but it just doesnt cut it!
i guess its worth a watch because it is a short movie and does get emotional!

Film Crazy

Super Reviewer

Not the best as far as a MOVIE goes, but the theme behind it was real good. It's def. a good tribute too the men, and I respected that - but not a good "Movie", as far as that sense goes. Rather, a good documentary, I'd say, though.
Sigourney Weaver, didnt do that great of a job, I didnt think either, personally.
Anthony LaPaglia does great though.

Bobby Hobbs

Super Reviewer

A good movie but a really odd choice of a movie to make.

Sunil Jawahir

Super Reviewer

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