On Guard Reviews

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September 30, 2020
In the grand tradition of the once beloved swashbuckler, de Broca's On Guard is a topnotch example, especially considering it was material produced several times before.
March 14, 2011
A dashing hero, dastardly villain and winsome distressed damsel, not to mention a melodramatic plot, thrilling sword fights and high-spirited comedy - all the elements you need to fashion the perfect swashbuckler.
July 21, 2005
March 23, 2004
It was too silly and formulaic to get my undivided attention.
May 18, 2003
For both the artsy foreign-film crowd and the blue-collar action-movie fans
April 11, 2003
January 24, 2003
Sometimes, nothing satisfies like old-fashioned swashbuckling. And in this regard, On Guard delivers.
January 24, 2003
January 21, 2003
Vastly enjoyable--a stylish, affectionate, old-fashioned swashbuckler...staged with such elan that the result is completely winning.
January 3, 2003
Despite its postdated irrelevance and its dopey title, this Daniel Auteuil vehicle is ludicrous fun.
January 3, 2003
An awkward and indigestible movie.
December 31, 2002
Turns out to be a nifty swashbuckler whose plot easily could have been lifted from a number of Douglas Fairbanks silent pictures.
December 27, 2002
In the spirit of Voltaire and Molire, On Guard volleys great wit and deadly gestures in a milieu of lush apparel, landscapes, captivating music and 18th-century lacy sleeves.
December 24, 2002
It's a tale well told and nearly irresistible.
December 20, 2002
A big, gorgeous, sprawling swashbuckler that delivers its diversions in grand, uncomplicated fashion.
December 16, 2002
"On Guard!" won't be placed in the pantheon of the best of the swashbucklers but it is a whole lot of fun and you get to see the one of the world's best actors, Daniel Auteuil, have a whale of a good time.
December 14, 2002
classic cinema served up with heart and humor
November 27, 2002
The sword fighting is well done and Auteuil is a goofy pleasure.
November 27, 2002
This is, not to put too fine a point on it, a swashbuckler, a costume drama. If you love that old story form, you will be in old-fogy heaven, as it is nearly a perfect example of a genre that died out years ago.
November 11, 2002
Though it lacks the utter authority of a genre gem, there's a certain robustness to this engaging mix of love and bloodletting.
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