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Goon Reviews

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Al Alexander
The Patriot Ledger
June 2, 2013
Crosses the blue line so often you're compelled to pin it against the boards and administer a quick knee to the groin.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Jeff Beck
September 16, 2012
What we end up with is a film that just isn't interesting, entertaining, or funny.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Graham Young
Birmingham Mail
January 6, 2012
Goon is the most distasteful film I've ever seen kick-starting a year.
Full Review | Original Score: 0/5
Roz Laws
Birmingham Post
January 11, 2012
The bone-crunching, unremitting violence is bad enough, but what I find particularly distasteful is the way it is celebrated.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Donald Munro
Eye for Film
January 9, 2012
There is the impression that some of the characters should have been portrayed in a more three dimensional way.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Henry Fitzherbert
Daily Express (UK)
January 5, 2012
It's pitched as a comedy and has a few left-field laughs but is as empty-headed as its protagonist.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
March 30, 2012
While well-intentioned, and Seann William Scott does a bang-up job, the tone of the film swings as wide as a hockey stick.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
March 29, 2012
There's a bit of "Slap Shot" and a bit of "Dodgeball" in "Goon," although it isn't as sharp as either of those films.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Nick Schager
Slant Magazine
March 25, 2012
A second-rate dude comedy in which an untalented knucklehead becomes a star through brute violence.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
S. Jhoanna Robledo
Common Sense Media
March 30, 2012
Bloody sports dramedy about brutal life of hockey enforcer
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Elliott Noble
Sky Movies
January 5, 2012
Really ... it's just Dodgeball with a lobotomy.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher
January 10, 2012
[T]he tale of a man who is 'touched by the fist of God' and called to commit violence in the arena, all presented with a kind of sick grandeur -- or mock grandeur; it's hard to tell which...
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Robert Abele
Los Angeles Times
March 29, 2012
Scott isn't bad: He sells the comedy of his character's ingrained politeness as much as the aggression. But "Goon" feels like a movie starring a gimmick, not a person.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Tim Robey
Daily Telegraph (UK)
January 5, 2012
Come the second half here, the laugh cupboard's all but dry.
| Original Score: 2/5
January 9, 2012
An operatically stupid, tonally deranged comedy-drama...
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Tom Russo
Boston Globe
April 12, 2012
The movie's unlikely sincerity can't completely offset its ugliness for less bloodthirsty viewers, but it helps, and it does smooth over some narrative rough edges.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Stephen Cole
Globe and Mail
February 24, 2012
What a disappointment.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
March 29, 2012
The fact that a movie as harsh and despicable as "Goon" can be promoted as a comedy says terrible things about the state of the American film industry.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Jay Stone
National Post
January 8, 2013
The result is a 92-minute misconduct penalty.
Kristal Cooper
We Got This Covered
September 15, 2012
Goon will definitely provide an entertaining diversion from the February blahs and may even leave you cheering for more.
Full Review | Original Score: 7.5/10
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