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The Guard

Rated R for pervasive language, some violence, drug material and sexual content.

R In Theaters 07/29/2011 , 95min.
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83%
Viewer score based on 86 ratings
78%
Critic score based on 29 reviews

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March 02, 2012
eo00000000116051
Great movie. DRY humor. Fantastic.
October 26, 2011
trtetiva
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
October 05, 2011
taalext69
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
The subtle humor was enchanting. Great performances. A winner.
September 07, 2011
sandraburcham
Great comedic acting on parts of both actors. Unpredictable plot. Some very quotable lines throughout.

Critic Reviews powered by Metacritic ™

Time Out New York
In narrative terms, it's mostly an excuse to work in a trio of crooks whose banter may be even better than that of our hero; Mark Strong's disgusted rant about paying off policemen and Liam Cunningham – led musings on Bobbie Gentry's "Ode to Billie Joe" are enough to justify the entire movie on their own. Full Review
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. Full Review
Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
Hip, lurid and improbably lovable, The Guard is easily the best guy-love comedy of the summer, with Cheadle and Gleeson's riffs and repartee tumbling back and forth as if they've been trading lies over Guinness forever. Full Review
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. Full Review
Eric Kohn
indieWIRE
Only Boyle's unstoppable tendency to mouth off sustains the routine plot, but McDonagh pushes the limits of what he can make Gleeson say without making the crude nature of his asides overwhelm their comic potential. Full Review

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