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Based on 29 Reviews
critic reviews (10)
fan reviews ( 13 )
  • 75
    Amy Biancolli San Francisco Chronicle

    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 exports. show more

  • 88
    Steven Rea Philadelphia Inquirer

    The dialogue is smart, screwball, sublime. show more

  • 60
    Elizabeth Weitzman New York Daily News

    McDonagh indulges in too many '90s affectations, from blaring chapter titles to philosophizing gangsters. But he captures his misty setting's insular atmosphere beautifully. show more

  • 55
    Michelle Orange Movieline

    Like the recent "Perrier's Bounty," The Guard feels like it might play better at home than overseas. show more

  • 85
    Mark Jenkins NPR

    If the movie's mix of nihilistic violence and snarky attitude suggests "In Bruges," it's a family resemblance. The writer-director of that film, which also starred Gleeson, is Martin McDonagh, the younger brother of this one's. Despite the similarities, the older McDonagh has a lighter touch. Where "In Bruges" ultimately became a mechanical bloodbath, The Guard scampers quickly through the action scenes, delivering commentary on genre conventions as it goes. show more

  • 100
    Roger Moore Orlando Sentinel

    The Guard soars along on a script, like those by the other McDonagh (Martin wrote and directed "In Bruges" and the Oscar winning short "Six Shooter," both starring Gleeson) built out of verbal flourishes and Irish curses. show more

  • 88
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    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. show more

  • 88
    Michael Phillips Chicago Tribune

    Part Joel & Ethan Coen and part John Millington Synge, this grotty little fairy tale casts a deft line and reels you in. I'd see it again just to hear the drug smugglers argue over the use of the Americanism "good to go." show more

  • 88
    Ty Burr Boston Globe

    The movie is more pure, profane enjoyment than a body should have in the dog days of August. show more

  • 75
    Kyle Smith New York Post

    How dark is this comedy? It's a big hit in Ireland. show more

  • March 02, 2012 eo00000000116051
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    Great movie. DRY humor. Fantastic.

  • October 26, 2011 Trtetiva
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    The west coast of Ireland is cold, damp, windy, and rural. People who live there are stuck in time. The local constabulary keep the peace. Scotland Yard they are not. The \"Garda\" (Gaelic for \"Guard\") are a proud lot. Can they run with the big dogs? Find out. Funny, sad, profane, uplifting, and tragic all at once and in large doses. Bring your Irish to English translator.

  • October 05, 2011 taalext69
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    Best movie of the summer. Best line in a movie in 5 years. Guess which one? It\'s at the end

  • September 17, 2011 jcraw0299
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    The subtle humor was enchanting. Great performances. A winner.

  • September 07, 2011 sandraburcham
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    Great comedic acting on parts of both actors. Unpredictable plot. Some very quotable lines throughout.

  • September 05, 2011 Bernard
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    Great film. It\'s an unlikelyh story, ********* a great character study with lots of laughs. Some people will be offended by the repeated use of the F-word, but that is undoubtedly how many police sergeants tallk, and this one is no exception. I\'m looking forward to seeing it again.

  • September 04, 2011 abqsuttle
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    A cross between Waking Ned Devine and Fargo. Funny, smart, delightful!

  • September 02, 2011 kmf365
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    Profane perhaps, ******* hilarious none the less. Better spending your money on this talent than most summer fare.

  • August 27, 2011 hector
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    Such unnesessary vile language on top of a thick Irish dialect make this film impossible to enjoy. How can anyone not think that by using the F word in every sentence that this film is nothing more than an excuse for a raw unbridled rubbish. My wife and I left the movie after aboutt 5 minutes and 40 F words forced on us. Those the only words we could understand being said. The third eye

  • August 20, 2011 michjor
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    Brilliant. Supplanted \"Waking Ned Devine\" and\" Local Hero\" as my favorite film.

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