The Guard

The Guard

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The Guard

Irish crime-comedy about two policemen who join forces to take on an international drug-smuggling gang – one, a sly Irish policeman (Brendan Gleeson) and the other, a straitlaced FBI agent (Don Cheadle).

"'What a beautiful day,' sighs Brendan Gleeson’s unorthodox Irish cop. The fact that he’s saying this while high on acid at the scene of a car accident tells you everything you need to know about this 90s-style crimecomedy." (TimeOut New York).

This is the feature debut from John Michael McDonagh, brother of the playwright and filmmaker who made In Bruges.

2011Rating: R13, contains violence, offensive language, drug use & sexual material 96 minsIreland
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Reviews & comments

Village Voice

Village Voice

press

The Guard bets everything on Gleeson's boyish twinkle—and tends to overestimate its own raffish charm.

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Variety

Variety

press

A crusty jewel of a performance by Brendan Gleeson goes a long way toward enlivening an otherwise routine tale of murder, blackmail, drug trafficking and rural police corruption in The Guard.

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Total Film

Total Film

press

Patrolling the dark/light divide so confidently even the IRA nab legitimate laughs, The Guard is a cracker of a film and Sergeant Gerry Boyle a comedy creation for the ages.

4.0
0
The New York Times

The New York Times

press

There's a story, in case you're looking for one, though it's almost an afterthought, just the thin glue holding everything together, including the fine cast, the sense of broody place and the fatalism that seems to come with it. Mostly there's Mr. McDonagh's playful, sometimes overly cute language, which serves the actors and also threatens to upstage them.

0
Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert

press

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.

4.0
0
Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

Among the most purely entertaining films of the year, which cuts its laughter with a dose of Celtic melancholy. It still delivers cop/action requirements — shoot-outs, revenges, daring deeds — and chances are, we’ll be quoting lines from this forever.

5.0
0
A.V. Club

A.V. Club

press

Focusing the film on Gleeson was certainly the right choice. His performance is equal parts funny and unnerving, and he keeps viewers guessing about what drives the man and what he'll do next.

0

rates as highly with me as 'get low' did earlier this year. Gleeson is excellent. do not miss this movie.

5.0
0

Gerry Boyle played by Brendan Gleeson is a cop investigating drug smuggling, when an FBI Agent Wendell Everret played by Don Cheadle comes over from the states to help with the case. Gleeson is great as a very hard nosed and funny and also of kilter cop. Cheadle is playing a straigh laced character and also does well. This is similar humour to the directors...

3.0
0

Having heard amazing reviews of this film possibly ruined it for me. As although it's entertaining it's just not that funny. I do generally love this style of humour and with the actors of the calibre of Brendon Gleeson, Mark Strong and Don Cheadle i have to be honest and say I was expecting more.

3.0
0

Contrary to the hype calling it laugh-out-loud funny from start to finish, I found it instead a wry, insightful and very endearing dramatic take on life, crime, and of a sort, punishment. The stand-out moment for me had to be the scene in the underground aquarium. This movie's abundant quirky realistic humour made me want to laugh, for sure, but it also...

4.0
0

This movies harks back to an older style of comedy where the two protagonists/heros use their great acting skills to subtley express a growing friendship of two polar opposites. The humor is both subtle and at times in your face with Brendon Gleeson playing such a stereotype you can't be sure at first wether he is really really dumb or really really clever....

0

My partner is a bit of a critic. He's a bit reluctant to call things funny, let alone hilarious. Let alone laugh out loud and clap your hands in glee hilarious. And then there was the Guard. My partner is Irish, and having now visited Ireland with him several times I can say that the movie itself is very Irish. Sometimes you see movies set in Ireland but...

5.0
0
Village Voice

Village Voice

press

The Guard bets everything on Gleeson's boyish twinkle—and tends to overestimate its own raffish charm.

0
Variety

Variety

press

A crusty jewel of a performance by Brendan Gleeson goes a long way toward enlivening an otherwise routine tale of murder, blackmail, drug trafficking and rural police corruption in The Guard.

0
Total Film

Total Film

press

Patrolling the dark/light divide so confidently even the IRA nab legitimate laughs, The Guard is a cracker of a film and Sergeant Gerry Boyle a comedy creation for the ages.

4.0
0
The New York Times

The New York Times

press

There's a story, in case you're looking for one, though it's almost an afterthought, just the thin glue holding everything together, including the fine cast, the sense of broody place and the fatalism that seems to come with it. Mostly there's Mr. McDonagh's playful, sometimes overly cute language, which serves the actors and also threatens to upstage them.

0
Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert

press

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.

4.0
0
Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

Among the most purely entertaining films of the year, which cuts its laughter with a dose of Celtic melancholy. It still delivers cop/action requirements — shoot-outs, revenges, daring deeds — and chances are, we’ll be quoting lines from this forever.

5.0
0
A.V. Club

A.V. Club

press

Focusing the film on Gleeson was certainly the right choice. His performance is equal parts funny and unnerving, and he keeps viewers guessing about what drives the man and what he'll do next.

0

rates as highly with me as 'get low' did earlier this year. Gleeson is excellent. do not miss this movie.

5.0
0

Gerry Boyle played by Brendan Gleeson is a cop investigating drug smuggling, when an FBI Agent Wendell Everret played by Don Cheadle comes over from the states to help with the case. Gleeson is great as a very hard nosed and funny and also of kilter cop. Cheadle is playing a straigh laced character and also does well. This is similar humour to the...

3.0
0

Having heard amazing reviews of this film possibly ruined it for me. As although it's entertaining it's just not that funny. I do generally love this style of humour and with the actors of the calibre of Brendon Gleeson, Mark Strong and Don Cheadle i have to be honest and say I was expecting more.

3.0
0

Contrary to the hype calling it laugh-out-loud funny from start to finish, I found it instead a wry, insightful and very endearing dramatic take on life, crime, and of a sort, punishment. The stand-out moment for me had to be the scene in the underground aquarium. This movie's abundant quirky realistic humour made me want to laugh, for sure, but it also...

4.0
0

This movies harks back to an older style of comedy where the two protagonists/heros use their great acting skills to subtley express a growing friendship of two polar opposites. The humor is both subtle and at times in your face with Brendon Gleeson playing such a stereotype you can't be sure at first wether he is really really dumb or really really...

0

My partner is a bit of a critic. He's a bit reluctant to call things funny, let alone hilarious. Let alone laugh out loud and clap your hands in glee hilarious. And then there was the Guard. My partner is Irish, and having now visited Ireland with him several times I can say that the movie itself is very Irish. Sometimes you see movies set in Ireland...

5.0
0