The Tomatometer rating – based on the published opinions of hundreds of film and television critics – is a trusted measurement of movie and TV programming quality for millions of moviegoers. It represents the percentage of professional critic reviews that are positive for a given film or television show.
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The Tomatometer is 60% or higher.
The Tomatometer is 59% or lower.
Movies and TV shows are Certified Fresh with a steady Tomatometer of 75% or higher after a set amount of reviews (80 for wide-release movies, 40 for limited-release movies, 20 for TV shows), including 5 reviews from Top Critics.
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The Guard is the sort of movie that makes you smile and squirm, often within the confines of the same scene. It's certainly engaging, though many times I felt the film's stylistic choices overwhelmed its sense of itself.
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.
The film falters when it gets into the somber philosophising that was done so much better in [Martin McDonough's] In Bruges. Still, that movie was primarily a drama, and this one is absolutely a comedy. One of the funniest of the year, no question.
While the film treads close to caricature at times, with standard-issue country cop vs. city cop conflicts, and a trio of self-consciously quirky baddies, McDonagh's wildly inventive writing compensates for any boilerplate aspects in the plot.