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The Guard Reviews

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Christopher Lloyd
Sarasota Herald-Tribune
August 31, 2011
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
August 12, 2011
Brendan Gleeson is always worth seeing, but there are much better places to see him.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Nick Pinkerton
Village Voice
July 27, 2011
As Cheadle drifts around a vaguely thought-through role, The Guard bets everything on Gleeson's boyish twinkle -- and tends to overestimate its own raffish charm.
Michelle Orange
July 28, 2011
From its assaultive, nihilistic prologue to its last flat invocation of American culture, The Guard foregrounds the extent to which it is leaning on artifice and affect to get over.
Full Review | Original Score: 5.5/10
David N. Butterworth
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
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
August 5, 2011
This black comedy needed to be a whole lot blacker and funnier.
Duane Dudek
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
September 1, 2011
It takes a special skill to make this sort of complex schematic coherent, and, the attractive performances aside, it doesn't always work here.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
William Kostakis
August 25, 2011
Delightfully dark, The Guard is the latest buddy comedy classic, and a must-see for fans of Hot Fuzz and In Bruges.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Emilia Barrosse
New York Press
August 3, 2011
McDonaugh's reflective script and darker tone separates it from the usual pacing of the standard cop film.
Emmet O'Cuana
FILMINK (Australia)
August 25, 2011
Driven by pitch-perfect performances and a darkly humoured script, this ends up an hysterically funny and immensely enjoyable romp.
Zara Miller
Little White Lies
August 18, 2011
The funniest action comedy for a long time.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Simon Miraudo
August 24, 2011
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Matthew Toomey
ABC Radio Brisbane
August 28, 2011
Brendan Gleeson's performance in The Guard will be remembered as one of the best of 2011.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
August 12, 2011
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Jason Zingale
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
Martin Roberts
Fan The Fire
September 2, 2011
The ambiguous ending raises a smile rather than a frown, and leaves one hoping that the McDonagh brothers will continue to find charismatic and interesting roles for Brendan Gleeson in films to come.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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
Jeff Meyers
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
August 19, 2011
Like bacon, Brendan Gleeson makes everything taste better.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Martin Tsai
Critic's Notebook
October 7, 2015
Following a surprisingly conventional climax, "The Guard" concludes in an open-ended fashion.
Ed Gibbs
Sydney Morning Herald
August 25, 2011
The film is foul-mouthed and not without its flourishes of violence but it's irresistibly likeable (and unpredictable).
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
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