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Based on 29 Reviews
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fan reviews ( 1 )
  • 50
    Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle

    When Costner is good, as he is here, his acting has a purity to it, an unspoken moral dimension. Underneath the sensitive, stoic facade is a loquacious, intellectually alert actor with an encyclopedic understanding of the film tradition he occupies: the rugged, humble movie hero, embodied by the likes of Gary Cooper and Henry Fonda. show more

  • 50
    USA Today

    Don't be surprised if, in the middle of The Guardian, you get an overpowering sense of déjà vu. Assuming you've seen "An Officer and a Gentleman," "Top Gun" or any of the myriad basic-training films Hollywood churns out, you've seen The Guardian. show more

  • 50
    Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal

    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. show more

  • 63
    Steven Rea Philadelphia Inquirer

    It's not easy being macho while you're shivering like a frozen puppy, but Kutcher pulls it off. show more

  • 63
    Elizabeth Weitzman New York Daily News

    At its best when its heroes race furiously toward their missions, most of which involve jumping out of a helicopter into surging waves. show more

  • 60
    James Greenberg The Hollywood Reporter

    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. show more

  • 63
    Chicago Tribune

    Sometimes you want to buy an extra-large popcorn and settle in for a big budget Hollywood blockbuster replete with entertaining explosions, undemanding dialogue and completely unrealistic action sequences. If all that sounds like gloriously uncomplicated fun, The Guardian is your movie. show more

  • 63
    Scott Warren Premiere

    Ultimately a valentine to the unsung heroes of the US Coast Guard and it's probably long overdue. show more

  • 63
    The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

    With high seas and crashing waves created by Canadian special-effects company Fusion CIS, there's nothing wrong with the nail-biting side of the equation featuring a sequence of distinct maritime accidents; it's the rest of the plot that is taking on water. show more

  • 50
    Rene Rodriguez Miami Herald

    I'm not suggesting Costner and Kutcher should run out and remake "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid" just yet, but in The Guardian, the two actors turn out to complement each other well enough to make a lot of this supremely derivative and formulaic picture go down better than it should. show more

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