The Guardian Reviews

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September 30, 2006
September 29, 2006
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.
September 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.
September 29, 2006
The Guardian does the job required: nothing more, nothing less, and nothing fancy.
September 29, 2006
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.
September 29, 2006
The Guardian has the feel of a Sunday feature in a newspaper more than a drama.
September 29, 2006
Costner is suitably Costneresque -- that is, low-key, stoic, and capable of a wry turn here or there.
September 29, 2006
A workmanlike story, an unusual setting, a game cast and a righteous message kind of get lost in the film's excesses. And an imbalance in the leads hampers this by-the-book service-academy drama.
September 29, 2006
Surrounding the flashy heroics, however, is a lot of stilted drama. Unresolved subplots make the movie longer than it needs to be.
September 29, 2006
If you're going to drop $70 mil or so on a movie, you should go ahead and blow $9.99 on the deluxe tier of cable service so you can see how such characters are created on Rescue Me.
September 29, 2006
A popcorn flick like this does best when it sticks to shallow waters.
September 29, 2006
Running on for a butt-numbing two-and-a-half hours, The Guardian overstays whatever forgiving nature one is willing to extend.
September 29, 2006
Entertaining enough but strictly in a wait-for-cable way.
September 29, 2006
Valor does emerge in The Guardian, but often is eclipsed by an effects-driven star vehicle.
September 29, 2006
Both veteran director Andrew Davis and writer Ron L. Brinkerhoff know a cliché when they see one... so they dutifully point them out to us in this predictable tale of a much-decorated rescue swimmer passing the torch to a promising new recruit.
September 29, 2006
While it's not completely waterlogged, The Guardian is more than a bit soggy. It begins efficiently familiar and ends with a series of splashes that seem like desperate dogpaddling.
September 29, 2006
Costner and Kutcher spark some real chemistry in their scenes together, but The Guardian takes a weird and unwelcome turn in its final 45 minutes and goes off the deep end.
September 29, 2006
The Guardian accomplishes what it sets out to do with a reasonable amount of skill, and there's something undeniably admirable about watching men and women push themselves to the limit for only one purpose: to save other people's lives.
September 29, 2006
It's a pleasure to watch Costner. He continues to operate in a comfort zone where aging and foxiness co-exist. (Harrison Ford, take note.)
September 29, 2006
The Guardian isn't the worst aqua-themed movie of Kevin Costner's career. Not with Waterworld in his rearview mirror.
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