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The Guard Reviews

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Martin Tsai
Critic's Notebook
October 7, 2015
Following a surprisingly conventional climax, "The Guard" concludes in an open-ended fashion.
Sean Burns
Philadelphia Weekly
May 3, 2015
An ode to shabby nobility much stranger and sadder than expected.
Josh Larsen
LarsenOnFilm
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
Roger Moore
Tribune News Service
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
Simon Weaving
Screenwize
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
Eric Melin
Scene-Stealers.com
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
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
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
Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews
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
Jim Schembri
The Age (Australia)
October 18, 2011
The Guard offers an offbeat take on a genre without skimping on the violence or gunplay.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
Marty Mapes
Movie Habit
September 30, 2011
Gleeson's enigmatic character: really smart or really dumb?
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
September 29, 2011
Despite its flaws it remains entertaining, good for a few laughs.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com
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-
Mike Scott
Times-Picayune
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
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
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
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
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
Matt Glasby
Flicks.co.nz
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
Jason Zingale
Bullz-Eye.com
September 9, 2011
It's not exactly Ireland's answer to Hot Fuzz, [but] the film is a darkly humorous take on the buddy cop genre that fans of the British comedy will enjoy.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Mike Ward
Richmond.com
September 9, 2011
The Guard is raw, modest and charming - maybe the only movie possessing all three characteristics.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Rob Thomas
Capital Times (Madison, WI)
September 6, 2011
Writer-director John Michael McDonagh's film plays like a cynical, foul-mouthed version of "In the Heat of the Night."
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Susan Granger
SSG Syndicate
September 5, 2011
Amusingly subversive, it's filled with nasty, impudent Irish humor.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
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