The Guard Reviews

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.
September 4, 2015
To paraphrase Nigel Terry in "The Lion in Winter," "The Guard" is a stinker and it stinks.
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.
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.
August 12, 2011
Brendan Gleeson is always worth seeing, but there are much better places to see him.
August 5, 2011
This black comedy needed to be a whole lot blacker and funnier.
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.
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.