100

Orlando Sentinel

By Roger Moore
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.
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88

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
The dialogue is smart, screwball, sublime.
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88

Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
The movie is more pure, profane enjoyment than a body should have in the dog days of August.
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88

Chicago Tribune

By Michael Phillips
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."
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88

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
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.
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85

NPR

By Mark Jenkins
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.
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75

San Francisco Chronicle

By Amy Biancolli
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.
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75

Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
In this offbeat buddy-cop comedy, Don Cheadle, as an FBI agent trying to stop a drug ring, makes the perfect foil.
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60

New York Daily News

By Elizabeth Weitzman
McDonagh indulges in too many '90s affectations, from blaring chapter titles to philosophizing gangsters. But he captures his misty setting's insular atmosphere beautifully.
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55

Movieline

By Michelle Orange
Like the recent "Perrier's Bounty," The Guard feels like it might play better at home than overseas.
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78 out of 100
Generally favorable reviews
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