The Guard Reviews

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October 18, 2011
The Guard offers an offbeat take on a genre without skimping on the violence or gunplay.
August 26, 2011
Although The Guard is primarily a language romp, it's also a terrific showcase for veteran pug-faced character actor Brendan Gleeson.
August 26, 2011
Brendan Gleeson is a blooming marvel.
August 25, 2011
The film is foul-mouthed and not without its flourishes of violence but it's irresistibly likeable (and unpredictable).
August 25, 2011
Boyle is probably the first screen hero in a long time whose heroism comes out of boredom and ennui. He gives nihilism a good name.
August 19, 2011
Crisp, acid-tongued and sharply acted, it's the sort of exercise in tangy Celtic cynicism that's become one of the Emerald Isle's most reliable imports.
August 19, 2011
There are few things finer in cinema than Brendan Gleeson's fat, happy face.
August 19, 2011
McDonagh's script is agile, darting between the ridiculous, the sage and the surprisingly sentimental. His love of language and the absurd has hints of the wisecracking Quentin Tarantino. But the story is decidedly more rooted in Ireland's loamy turf.
August 19, 2011
Spiteful, ironic and human in turn, The Guard is an entertainment that makes most of the year's American comedies look impoverished, and in Gleeson it has a palpable star.
August 19, 2011
"The Guard" is violent, profane and funny.
August 18, 2011
"The Guard" is not the most original buddy-cop movie you'll see, but it well may be one of the most entertaining.
August 18, 2011
The funniest action comedy for a long time.
August 17, 2011
A hugely entertaining but frustratingly disorganised film, packed with priceless moments which never quite coalesce into a rewarding whole.
August 12, 2011
"The Guard" himself may be no angel, but his movie is a wee slice of heaven.
August 11, 2011
Like an Irish version of "In the Heat of the Night," the profane and frequently hilarious "The Guard" watches the sparks fly as a smart African-American detective teams up with an unapologetically racist County Galway policeman.
August 11, 2011
Rich with inspired musings on pop culture, literature, philosophy, race, sex.
August 5, 2011
This black comedy needed to be a whole lot blacker and funnier.
August 5, 2011
Brendan Gleeson, as beefily Irish an actor as anyone since Victor McLaglen, is always believable and frequently hilarious.
August 4, 2011
When it's over it evaporates, leaving only the acrid smoke of its dialogue and the memory of Gleeson reducing lesser mortals to cinders.
August 4, 2011
"The Guard" is a pleasure. I can't tell if it's really (bleeping) dumb or really (bleeping) smart, but it's pretty (bleeping) good.
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