The Guard 2011

The Guard

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A violent, crackerjack comedy with a strong Irish flavor and an eminently likable Brendan Gleeson in the main role.

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A vulgar Irish cop (Brendan Gleeson) and a straight-laced American FBI agent (Don Cheadle) uncover police corruption among the former's superiors while probing a drug-trafficking ring.

Cast & Crew

Brendan Gleeson
Sergeant Gerry Boyle
Don Cheadle
FBI agent Wendell Everett
Liam Cunningham
Francis Sheehy
David Wilmot
Liam O'Leary
Rory Keenan
Garda Aidan McBride
Mark Strong
Clive Cornell
Sarah Greene
Sinead Mulligan
Katarina Cas
Gabriela McBride
Ed Guiney
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Martin McDonagh
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Don Cheadle
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Paul Brett
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Ralph Kamp
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Critic Reviews for The Guard

All Critics (137) | Top Critics (40) | Fresh (129) | Rotten (8)

  • The Guard offers an offbeat take on a genre without skimping on the violence or gunplay.

    October 18, 2011 | Rating: 3.5/5
  • Although The Guard is primarily a language romp, it's also a terrific showcase for veteran pug-faced character actor Brendan Gleeson.

    August 26, 2011 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • Brendan Gleeson is a blooming marvel.

    August 26, 2011 | Rating: 3/4
  • The film is foul-mouthed and not without its flourishes of violence but it's irresistibly likeable (and unpredictable).

    August 25, 2011 | Rating: 8/10 | Full Review…
  • Boyle is probably the first screen hero in a long time whose heroism comes out of boredom and ennui. He gives nihilism a good name.

    August 25, 2011 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • Crisp, acid-tongued and sharply acted, it's the sort of exercise in tangy Celtic cynicism that's become one of the Emerald Isle's most reliable imports.

    August 19, 2011 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Guard

  • Feb 07, 2016
    It's hard to hate this film but it's also hard to really like, The crude irish tone and dark humour works very well but the story was rushed in places, But it's clever and the ending fitted the film well.
    Jamie C Super Reviewer
  • May 17, 2014
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  • Jan 20, 2014
    Here we have a very underrated comedy/crime dark comedy with hints of unapologetic racism and even some anti-Americana flavor. The 'underrated' current state of <i>The Guard</i> can be probably attributed to its misleading publicity with the same intensity that <i>The American</i> (2010) received, but there is something you must keep in mind: it was directed by John Michael McDonagh, brother of Martin McDonagh, who brought us <i>In Bruges</i> (2008). Selling itself as an R-rated comedy, but not in the way that you think, this stylish and moderate brief ride - which should and could have been longer - borrows the cop buddy formula of the 80s (that is, teaming two confrontational leading roles as cops in order to work for a common purpose), but addresses it with clever and dark humor that only European cinema can apply so effectively. It also throws sentimentalisms and a conventional development of events off shore, resulting in a very refreshing take on the genre that will only please selected audiences, which are quite difficult to tackle. To sum up, this comedy will provide you with a simple story told in an unexpected way, and it is certainly not what its covers have suggested just to increase movie theater attendance. 68/100
    Edgar C Super Reviewer
  • Nov 08, 2013
    Fun while it lasts. Take that with some grains of salt.
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