The Guard
The Guard (2011)

The Guard is a comedic fish-out-of-water tale of murder, blackmail, drug trafficking and rural police corruption. Two policemen must join forces to take on an international drug- smuggling gang - one, an unorthodox Irish policeman and the… More

Rated: R
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Release Date: January 3, 2012
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Critic Score: 95% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: A violent, crackerjack comedy with a strong Irish flavor and an emminently likable Brendan Gleeson in the main role.

Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail

Although The Guard is primarily a language romp, it's also a terrific showcase for veteran pug-faced character actor Brendan Gleeson.

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Tom Long
Detroit News

There are few things finer in cinema than Brendan Gleeson's fat, happy face.

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Josh Larsen
LarsenOnFilm

Gleeson and writer-director John Michael McDonagh are in lock step in characterizing the decidedly unorthodox Gerry Boyle.

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Peter Howell
Toronto Star

Brendan Gleeson is a blooming marvel.

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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post

McDonagh's script is agile, darting between the ridiculous, the sage and the surprisingly sentimental. His love of language and the absurd has hints of the wisecracking Quentin Tarantino. But the story is decidedly more rooted in Ireland's loamy turf.

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Roger Moore
Tribune News Service

A laugh-out-loud comedy as hard as "The French Connection," a modern spaghetti Western on the windswept wastes of Ireland."

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Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle

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 imports.

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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

"The Guard" is violent, profane and funny.

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Simon Weaving
Screenwize

This film belongs to Gleeson - he seems to have effortlessly conjured up a complex and charismatic mix of world-weariness and caring, all wrapped up in that enigmatic Irish charm.

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Flixster Audience Score: 81% Flixster User Reviews
Jens S.
Sometimes the politically most incorrect characters are the most fun, like Gleeson's Irish cop who takes pride in his prejudiced and racist attitudes. How… More
paul sandberg
As my many Irish friends will attest, (and be the first to tell you), there's a certain something about the culture - a knowing cynicism wrapped up in a… More
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Jack Hawkins
Like many others would have done, I bought this film after seeing Martin McDonagh's 'In Bruges', meaning that naturally I would be comparing the… More
familiar stranger
Fun while it lasts. Take that with some grains of salt.
xGary Xx
An FBI agent teams up with a small town Irish policeman to investigate drug traffickers operating out of rural Ireland in this amusing fish out of water buddy… More