The Guard Reviews

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November 16, 2019
In what could have been a routine run-of-the-mill murder, drug trafficking, mob/cartel action flick, we instead have a film that explodes with life, filled with subversive humor, laugh-out-loud funny comedy, caustic and callous wit...
February 9, 2019
Overall, The Guard is worth seeing for its actors and some of its smart dialogue, but sometimes it becomes smart-ass past the point of many viewers' enjoyment.
January 8, 2019
But unlike most other movies with plenty of gunplay and profanity, you'll actually think about the film -- and remember its remarkable title character -- long after you've finishing watching it.
December 2, 2018
What's so effective about The Guard is how it has just enough of a narrative trajectory to keep it from feeling entirely like a sketch-show.
August 29, 2018
A superbly crafted comedy that gives a hilarious angle on Irish culture, in particular its taste for inappropriate humour.
August 14, 2018
An admirably executed and often hilarious variation on the overdone action-comedy genre, elevated by stand-out performances across the board and an extraordinarily well-executed script from McDonagh.
October 24, 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.
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.
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.
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.
January 9, 2013
A laugh-out-loud comedy as hard as "The French Connection," a modern spaghetti Western on the windswept wastes of Ireland."
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.
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.
January 3, 2012
An impressive performance by Brendan Gleeson as an eccentric, independent and surly cop in a small Irish seaside town.
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]
October 18, 2011
The Guard offers an offbeat take on a genre without skimping on the violence or gunplay.
September 30, 2011
Gleeson's enigmatic character: really smart or really dumb?
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