80

Movieline

By Stephanie Zacharek
Crude, violent and deeply enjoyable.
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75

San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
The movie is harsh, nasty and vulgar like you wouldn't believe. And often, it's hilarious.
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75

New York Post

By Kyle Smith
The dialogue, while filthy, is wickedly funny, and sounds perfect coming out of the mouths of these beaten-down characters in their low-rent surroundings.
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75

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
The charm of Goon is that Doug Glatt (Scott) is a genial guy from a nice family. Just because he hands out concussions doesn't mean he dislikes anybody. He's just happy to be wearing a uniform.
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70

The Hollywood Reporter

By John DeFore
One of the things making Goon so enjoyable is its fairy-tale suggestion that all humanity's violent impulses can be exorcized in a Zamboni-groomed ice rink.
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70

NPR

By Scott Tobias
Scott has made an art - or at least a career - out of playing the affable dimwit. And with Goon, a salty Canadian comedy about the rise of a minor league hockey enforcer, Scott finally has his Hamlet, a role that calls for every blank, uncomprehending look in his toolbox while accessing the cuddly puppy within.
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67

Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
He can barely skate, but it hardly matters: As a goon, he's a genius.
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60

New York Daily News

By Elizabeth Weitzman
Aside from Scott, only Liev Schreiber - as an aging competitor - manages to steady the frenetic swirl. Whenever the two of them are together, Goon stops skating around in circles, and matures into the funny, surprisingly touching movie it wants to be.
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50

The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

By Stephen Cole
What a disappointment.
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50

Boston Globe

By Tom Russo
The movie's unlikely sincerity can't completely offset its ugliness for less bloodthirsty viewers, but it helps, and it does smooth over some narrative rough edges.
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64 out of 100
Generally favorable reviews
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