63

New York Daily News

By Elizabeth Weitzman
At its best when its heroes race furiously toward their missions, most of which involve jumping out of a helicopter into surging waves.
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63

Premiere

By Scott Warren
Ultimately a valentine to the unsung heroes of the US Coast Guard and it's probably long overdue.
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63

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
It's not easy being macho while you're shivering like a frozen puppy, but Kutcher pulls it off.
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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.
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60

The Hollywood Reporter

By James Greenberg
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.
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58

Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
The movie represents an earnest effort to compensate for all the love the media has shown to firefighters and other land-based first responders in recent years with little thought to the Coast Guard; the drama also crashes on wave upon wave of clichés.
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50

Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
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.
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50

Boston Globe

By Wesley Morris
The point of all this solemnity may be to pay serious respect to those rescue swimmers, who courageously look after errant kayakers or victims of Hurricane Katrina. But what we get in exchange is a movie that feels too much like a Coast Guard recruitment film. Who wants to pay to see that?
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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.
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50

San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
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.
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53 out of 100
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