The Guardian Reviews

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September 29, 2006
Impossible tests of endurance: check. Grinding down of cadet's arrogance: check. Phony romance between cadet and sassy babe: check. Fatherly benediction, the newly minted hero bursting with pride: check. Boo-rah!
September 29, 2006
The Guardian is bookended by two technically complex rescue sequences, but the movie sorely lacks momentum. So it's up to the cast to transport us, and that doesn't happen either.
September 29, 2006
Like a light out on the ocean, you can see everything coming for miles in The Guardian.
September 29, 2006
The Guardian tries tremendously hard to win audiences over with manly derring-do, exciting action, and impossible-obstacles-overcome uplift.
September 29, 2006
The Guardian tries tremendously hard to win audiences over with manly derring-do, exciting action, and impossible-obstacles-overcome uplift.
September 29, 2006
That the film doesn't rise above the formulaic is a particular disappointment as these stunningly brave Rescue Swimmers deserve a film as daring as they are.
September 29, 2006
The Guardian is an action movie, a basic training movie, a swaggering sea adventure, a home front melodrama and an inspiring tough-love heroic teacher fable.
September 29, 2006
A pleasant enough distraction, although like so much of Costner's work it is far too long.
September 28, 2006
The Guardian is the kind of inspirational movie that Hollywood made about the Army, Navy and Marines during World War II. Now, with inspiration in short supply, it's the Coast Guard's turn.
September 28, 2006
The movie begins to overload its frail reed of a structure with giant sloppages of cliches from other movies, some so bad it's almost comical.
September 28, 2006
When the climax finally comes, it turns out there are at least four of them. This is the kind of movie that seems to end over and over again. Just as you're rising in your seat to leave, another coda is tacked on.
September 28, 2006
In between the maudlin moments, [director] Davis et al. deliver a sturdy popcorn movie and a few genuine thrills. Not bad for a day on the high seas.
September 28, 2006
Eleven-year-old males who check the mirror daily for signs of facial hair may give it a 'hoo-ra'. For their balding elders, 'hoo-boy' might say it best.
September 28, 2006
I doubt that even these knights in neoprene armor could rescue an audience from The Guardian's torrent of watery clichés.
September 28, 2006
This is a silly movie made of taped-together Hollywood hokum, the kind where you just know the pitch was something like, 'It's Top Gun meets An Officer and a Gentleman in The Perfect Storm.'
September 28, 2006
Take a little of An Officer and a Gentleman and a little Top Gun and throw in some waves and underwater sequences, and you have The Guardian -- only with less charismatic actors, more tame sex scenes, and a lot less energy.
Top Critic
September 27, 2006
Formulaic but so well-made that you choke on the thrills in spite of yourself.
September 27, 2006
The brave women and men who serve as United States Coast Guard Rescue Swimmers perform courageous, lifesaving feats every day. Clocking in at a Waterworldly 139 minutes, The Guardian catalogs every one of them.
September 26, 2006
Kevin Costner and Ashton Kutcher's The Guardian drags on like a slow boat ride to Anchorage, its standard-issue heroics and flavorless dialogue gone stale long before the movie arrives at the big, valorous finish.
September 23, 2006
A shrewdly updated version of classic (and not-so-classic) military-themed pics about grizzled, blunt-spoken vets who transform cocksure hotheads into coolly efficient professionals.
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