The Guard Synopsis
A vulgar Irish cop and an uptight FBI agent investigate a drug-smuggling ring.
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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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By tomrsimon
Unusual movie; reminded me a bit of Fargo in its quirky humor. It's not laugh out loud funny but is witty and amusing. Be aware that the f-bomb is used repeatedly throughout....

Subtly Offensive

By curlyfro
this movie started good but then i can see how the writers thought i'd be funny to put a black man in ireland -- an fbi agent who's continually out smarted, wears loud clothes, and get made fun of by...

The Guard

By Drez_Digital
had that similar humour of in bruges with some joke one liners...

Funny

By Koali
So very funny. Laugh funny. Funnier than the ones that try real hard to be funny. Finally, someone turned in a funny movie for adults. Wouldn'what's at hand.t you know it would be Don Cheadle and an...

The Guard

By kbrackett100
Clever, funny, a little hard to understand all the time what was going on. In the same vein as In Bruges (if you liked In Bruges, you will like this movie)....

feckin brilliant

By markokenya
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The Guard

By sfrancies
Great writing and acting...must see......

The Guard

By Flick Fan
Great fun for most adults. Irish humor is quite different than American humor and some may not be able to go along with the Irish approach to story telling and the language style. The star, Brendan...

Fun and Funny...Surprisingly Sharp Witted.

By Alon Patterson
Where foreign films are concerned, no one does it quite like the Irish. Don Cheadles's presence simply adds a richer layer to an already wonderfully matched cast. I especially enjoyed the all so...

Great!

By Johnthemoviegoer
Funny dialogue, engaging main character, good chemistry between the odd couple leads, effectivelly deals with real emotions, absurd Monty Python-esque villains, at least one great shoot out....

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Rated R | For Pervasive language, some violence, drug material and sexual content