The Guard

The Guard

Sergeant Gerry Boyle is a small-town Irish cop with a confrontational personality, a subversive sense of humor, a dying mother, a fondness for prostitutes, and absolutely no interest whatsoever in the international cocaine-smuggling ring that has brought straight-laced FBI agent Wendell Everett to his door. 3.5 out of 5 based on 16 reviews
The Guard

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Certificate
Genre Thriller
Director John Michael McDonagh
Cast Don Cheadle, Mark Strong, Liam Cunningham Brendan Gleeson
Studio Optimum Releasing
Release Date August 2011
Running Time 96 mins
 

Sergeant Gerry Boyle is a small-town Irish cop with a confrontational personality, a subversive sense of humor, a dying mother, a fondness for prostitutes, and absolutely no interest whatsoever in the international cocaine-smuggling ring that has brought straight-laced FBI agent Wendell Everett to his door.

Reviews

Empire Magazine

Kim Newman

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.

24/08/2011

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The Evening Standard

Derek Malcolm

Boyle's partnership with the Fed agent, which starts with mutual irritation but in the end produces respect, is one of the lynchpins of the film.

19/08/2011

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The Guardian

Steve Rose

If signs point to a mismatched-buddy cop movie, well, that's sort of what you get, but nothing in this sly, wry little movie is quite what it appears. Even the racism turns out to be part of a larger take on Ireland's insularity, eroding identity and inexorable Americanisation – the latter of which adds a self-aware edge to the unlikely crime proceedings.

18/08/2011

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The Independent

Anthony Quinn

McDonagh has shaken up a cocktail of genres here – odd-couple, fish-out-of-water, thriller caper – and hit upon a pure draught of comic gold.

19/08/2011

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The Independent on Sunday

Jonathan Romney

The Guard doesn't always earn the brilliance of its finest verbal flourishes, but it boasts a central character and matching performance that are worth their weight – and may show staying power too. The Guard cheered me no end, and I wouldn't be surprised if, some day soon, a sequel does too.

21/08/2011

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The Los Angeles Times

Kenneth Turan

An impish and impudent black comedy that knows where it's going and how to get there, it gives veteran actor Brendan Gleeson one of the tastiest roles of his career.

29/07/2011

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The Times

Kate Muir

For this latest role as Boyle, Gleeson deserves some sort of gong for his services to erudite comedy.

19/08/2011

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The Sunday Times

Cosmo Landesman

This is a funny, fresh gangster film that never plays it safe, and Gleeson is outstanding.

21/08/2011

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Total Film

Matt Glasby

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.

10/08/2011

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The New York Times

Manohla Dargis

Mr. Gleeson’s rogue is a treat, however conceptually contrived, and Mr. Cheadle’s lightly played gravity is a pleasure.

28/07/2011

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The Observer

Philip French

Great fun when taken in the right spirit, which would be Old Paddy with a Guinness chaser.

21/08/2011

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The Daily Telegraph

Tim Robey

The always-unbeatable Gleeson is on simply outstanding form, conjuring a character both dignified and ridiculous, heroic and hardly bothered.

18/08/2011

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Time Out

Tom Huddleston

A hugely entertaining but frustratingly disorganised film, packed with priceless moments which never quite coalesce into a rewarding whole.

18/08/2011

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The Daily Mail

Christopher Tookey

The reasons it’s worth seeing are Gleeson’s impish performance and the sparkling dialogue, which marries Irish blarney to Tarantino-lite philiosophising.

19/08/2011

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The New Yorker

Richard Brody

What results is a loamy, sentimental police-buddy comedy that’s short on procedure, long on wry and witty verbal wrangling, and sloshy with local color and underlined poignancy.

24/08/2011

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The Scotsman

Alistair Harkness

Alas, wrapping bigotry up in a blanket of irony has become an overused comedy trick and McDonagh isn't as skilled as his brother, In Bruges writer/director Martin McDonagh, at keeping this kind of thing fresh.

19/08/2011

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