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Goon Reviews

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Bilge Ebiri
New York Magazine/Vulture
January 8, 2013
As the brutality ramps up, and the story gains real consequence, for some reason, we actually laugh harder. Goon is a comedy, often a very funny one, but you might be hesitant to call it that once you've actually seen it.
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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
April 20, 2012
[Scott] is reason enough to see the film, which otherwise is a by-the-book sports comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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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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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
April 5, 2012
The movie is harsh, nasty and vulgar like you wouldn't believe. And often, it's hilarious.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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William Goss
Film.com
March 30, 2012
It's an underdog story that doesn't take itself too seriously, tender as a bruise and about as blue.
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Alonso Duralde
TheWrap
March 30, 2012
George Roy Hill's classic Slap Shot may still hold the title as the quintessential hockey comedy, but Goon certainly deserves to be mentioned in its company, juggling charm and grit and raunch and bloody teeth with assuredness and aplomb.
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
March 30, 2012
All it wants is slapstick violence and "Slap Shot" profanity. And it delivers both - albeit not much else.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
March 30, 2012
What's somewhat surprising is you don't have to give a hoot about hockey to enjoy the movie. This is just a guy living his dream: Hitting people.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
March 30, 2012
"Goon" easily takes the title of second-best hockey comedy I've ever seen.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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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
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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
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
March 29, 2012
Behind the film's brass knuckles are tender fingers.
| Original Score: 3/5
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March 29, 2012
It's made with affection both for the ritual of hockey fights and the strain of sports movies that care more about wisecracks and pranks than winning the big game.
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
March 29, 2012
[Scott is] a talented actor, and it's worth checking out his new dramedy just to get a sense of his wide-ranging skills.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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John Semley
AV Club
March 29, 2012
It's the rare hockey movie to approach violence head-on, without hectoring or hand-wringing, as an essential element of the sport, not some inhumane sideshow.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
March 29, 2012
The best thing about "Goon" is not the hockey action, or who wins and who loses. It's Doug's rags-to-riches story.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
March 28, 2012
When Seann William Scott uses his fists, he's a star.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
March 28, 2012
Seann William Scott is the best comic Neanderthal in Hollywood, and he's found the perfect story in this fictionalized adaptation of a memoir by minor-league hockey brawler Doug Smith.
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Christy Lemire
Associated Press
March 28, 2012
For a movie about ragged, trash-talking thugs beating the crap out of each other on the ice, Goon is surprisingly sweet.
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Eric Hynes
Time Out
March 27, 2012
Goon prevails where other sports-film farces fail thanks to Scott's winning, unwinking performance; Liev Schreiber's spot-on turn as a wizened, clock-punching rink assassin; and a pucked-up love of a bloody game.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Nick Pinkerton
Village Voice
March 27, 2012
Depicting the vocationally debauched world of second-tier hockey, Goon is not only rowdy, but also humane...
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Kathleen Murphy
MSN Movies
March 27, 2012
Good for lowdown fun, this subversive comedy invites us in to celebrate its idiosyncratic bunch of sweet-natured goons.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Robert Koehler
Variety
February 24, 2012
The job of a hockey enforcer, invisible to many non-fans and even casual fans, is definitively presented here by taking the viewer into Doug's world and letting him do his thing.
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John DeFore
Hollywood Reporter
February 24, 2012
Seann William Scott plays against type in surprisingly funny, unsurprisingly lowbrow hockey flick.
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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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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
February 23, 2012
It takes hockey hooliganism to heights not seen since Slap Shot was offending the nation's finger-waggers back in the 1970s.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Tom Huddleston
Time Out
January 4, 2012
It's Scott who gives the movie its heart, delivering a performance of quiet strength and unexpected subtlety - when he's not cracking skulls.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5