The Guardian


The Guardian

Critics Consensus

The Coast Guard gets its chance for a heroic movie tribute, but The Guardian does it no justice, borrowing cliche after cliche from other (and better) military branch movies.



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After losing his crew in a fatal crash, legendary Rescue Swimmer, Ben Randall, is sent to teach at 'A' School, an elite training program for Coast Guard Rescue Swimmers. Wrestling with the loss of his crew members, he throws himself into teaching, turning the program upside down with his unorthodox training methods. While there, he encounters a young, cocky swim champ, Jake Fischer, who is driven to be the best. During training, Randall helps mold Jake's character, combining his raw talent with the heart and dedication required of a Rescue Swimmer. Upon graduation, Jake follows Randall to Kodiak, Alaska, where they face the inherent dangers of the Bering Sea. In his initial solo rescue, Jake learns firsthand from Randall, the true meaning of heroism and sacrifice, echoing the Swimmer's motto...'So Others May Live!'


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Critic Reviews for The Guardian

All Critics (147) | Top Critics (40) | Fresh (54) | Rotten (93)

  • Kutcher and Costner have a kind of visual chemistry that's just as elusive as the other kind. And the connection and contrast between them remind us that Hollywood isn't as forgiving of older male actors as we like to think.

    Sep 29, 2006
  • Kutcher may soon be ready to anchor a Hollywood sea voyage. But for now, he's still a touch out of his depth.

    Sep 29, 2006 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

    Scott Bowles

    USA Today
    Top Critic
  • The Guardian does the job required: nothing more, nothing less, and nothing fancy.

    Sep 29, 2006 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • Little about The Guardian will surprise anyone from one scene to the next, though the ride is hardly unpleasant and the story is generous in scope.

    Sep 29, 2006 | Rating: 3/4
  • The Guardian has the feel of a Sunday feature in a newspaper more than a drama.

    Sep 29, 2006 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • Costner is suitably Costneresque -- that is, low-key, stoic, and capable of a wry turn here or there.

    Sep 29, 2006 | Rating: 2.5/4

Audience Reviews for The Guardian

  • Aug 25, 2012
    There is nothing special and falls into the common and predictable, but it is entertaining, a little touching, with an ending that redeems the whole movie
    Rodrigo R Super Reviewer
  • Jan 10, 2012
    Although very similar to An Officer and a Gentleman the subject matter and performances make it entertaining enough.
    Jonny C Super Reviewer
  • Jun 27, 2011
    Highly entertaining. Watching the development of the two main characters is unique and the rescue scenes are intense. Just a little too long.
    Kevin M Super Reviewer
  • Dec 19, 2010
    I actually liked this movie a lot, I didnt think it was this good.
    Andreia C Super Reviewer

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