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Goon Reviews

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.
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
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
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
March 30, 2012
It's an underdog story that doesn't take itself too seriously, tender as a bruise and about as blue.
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.
March 30, 2012
All it wants is slapstick violence and "Slap Shot" profanity. And it delivers both - albeit not much else.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
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
March 30, 2012
"Goon" easily takes the title of second-best hockey comedy I've ever seen.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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
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
March 29, 2012
Behind the film's brass knuckles are tender fingers.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
Top Critic
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.
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
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-
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
March 28, 2012
When Seann William Scott uses his fists, he's a star.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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.
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.
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
March 27, 2012
Depicting the vocationally debauched world of second-tier hockey, Goon is not only rowdy, but also humane...
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
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.
February 24, 2012
Seann William Scott plays against type in surprisingly funny, unsurprisingly lowbrow hockey flick.
February 24, 2012
What a disappointment.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
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