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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 other, a straitlaced FBI agent. Sergeant Gerry Boyle (Brendan Gleason) is an eccentric small-town cop with a confrontational and crass personality and a subversive sense of humor. A longtime policeman in County Galway, Boyle is a maverick with his own moral code. He has seen enough of the world to know there isn't much to it and has had plenty of time to… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 95%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Although The Guard is primarily a language romp, it's also a terrific showcase for veteran pug-faced character actor Brendan Gleeson."
‑ Liam Lacey, Globe and Mail
"There are few things finer in cinema than Brendan Gleeson's fat, happy face."
‑ Tom Long, Detroit News
"Gleeson and writer-director John Michael McDonagh are in lock step in characterizing the decidedly unorthodox Gerry Boyle."
‑ Josh Larsen, LarsenOnFilm
"John Michael McDonagh is having a lot of fun deconstructing the cop procedural in The Guard, because almost nothing goes as planned and everything has a satirical bent. It is a very funny black comedy with a stylish palette."
‑ Eric Melin,
"The Guard offers an offbeat take on a genre without skimping on the violence or gunplay."
‑ Jim Schembri, The Age (Australia)
"Brendan Gleeson is a blooming marvel."
‑ Peter Howell, Toronto Star
"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."
‑ Lisa Kennedy, Denver Post
"A laugh-out-loud comedy as hard as "The French Connection," a modern spaghetti Western on the windswept wastes of Ireland.""
‑ Roger Moore, McClatchy-Tribune News Service
"An impressive performance by Brendan Gleeson as an eccentric, independent and surly cop in a small Irish seaside town."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"Gleeson's enigmatic character: really smart or really dumb?"
‑ Marty Mapes, Movie Habit
"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."
‑ Amy Biancolli, Houston Chronicle
""The Guard" is violent, profane and funny."
‑ Joe Williams, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
"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."
‑ Simon Weaving, Screenwize
"Self-conscious gestures in the direction of fish-out-of-water comedies, buddy-cop movies and Westerns don't amount to much in and of themselves, but they tie together as a functional clothesline for character comedy... [Blu-ray]"
‑ Peter Canavese, Groucho Reviews
"Despite its flaws it remains entertaining, good for a few laughs."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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