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The Guard Reviews

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October 23, 2017
Witty, macabre and funny, The Guard is a well-paced, well-acted movie that should not be missed if you're a fan of crime comedies.
September 1, 2017
Much like its protagonist, the film appears to enjoy taking the piss out of its audience, giving them a cynical yet cheeky neo-noir that tweaks the usual conventions and comes up with a story that may be familiar, but is told in fresh fashion.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
September 1, 2017
The Guard can sometimes be a touch too clever for its own good such as when the villains discuss their favourite philosophers but quality acting keeps things the right side of quirky.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
October 7, 2015
Following a surprisingly conventional climax, "The Guard" concludes in an open-ended fashion.
September 4, 2015
To paraphrase Nigel Terry in "The Lion in Winter," "The Guard" is a stinker and it stinks.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
May 3, 2015
An ode to shabby nobility much stranger and sadder than expected.
August 5, 2014
Gleeson and writer-director John Michael McDonagh are in lock step in characterizing the decidedly unorthodox Gerry Boyle.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
January 9, 2013
A laugh-out-loud comedy as hard as "The French Connection," a modern spaghetti Western on the windswept wastes of Ireland."
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
April 3, 2012
This film belongs to Gleeson - he seems to have effortlessly conjured up a complex and charismatic mix of world-weariness and caring, all wrapped up in that enigmatic Irish charm.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
January 15, 2012
John Michael McDonagh is having a lot of fun deconstructing the cop procedural in The Guard, because almost nothing goes as planned and everything has a satirical bent. It is a very funny black comedy with a stylish palette.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
January 3, 2012
An impressive performance by Brendan Gleeson as an eccentric, independent and surly cop in a small Irish seaside town.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
December 29, 2011
Self-conscious gestures in the direction of fish-out-of-water comedies, buddy-cop movies and Westerns don't amount to much in and of themselves, but they tie together as a functional clothesline for character comedy... [Blu-ray]
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
October 18, 2011
The Guard offers an offbeat take on a genre without skimping on the violence or gunplay.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
September 30, 2011
Gleeson's enigmatic character: really smart or really dumb?
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
September 29, 2011
Despite its flaws it remains entertaining, good for a few laughs.
Full Review | Original Score: B
September 26, 2011
This impressive directing debut is a well acted, caustically funny Irish thriller, a classic fish out of water comedy
Full Review | Original Score: A-
September 23, 2011
For all of its seeming conventions, this surprisingly plot-heavy character drama is a wonderfully UNconventional cops-and-robbers picture.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
September 16, 2011
McDonagh's older brother John Michael McDonagh has done him one better with the awesome new The Guard.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
September 15, 2011
Has the promised elements -- though the action isn't very over-the-top -- but it has an inner depth that isn't normally found in films of its supposed type.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
September 14, 2011
The film's more interested in spending quality time with this unlikely pair than solving crimes. Thanks to McDonagh's sparkling script and some charming central performances, you will be too.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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