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A decorated Coast Guard search and rescue specialist still haunted by the death of his teammates during a disastrous mission off the coast of Alaska is charged with the task of training the next generation of Coast Guard rescue swimmers in director Andrew Davis' ocean-bound adventure drama. Ben Randall (Kevin Costner) was the best swimmer of his graduating class, but upon surfacing as the sole survivor of an Alaskan rescue mission attempted during a Category Three storm, his outlook on life has grown increasingly jaded. Now, as hotshot young swimmer Jake Fischer (Ashton Kutcher) arrives at… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 37%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Kutcher and Costner have a kind of visual chemistry that's just as elusive as the other kind. And the connection and contrast between them remind us that Hollywood isn't as forgiving of older male actors as we like to think."
‑ Stephanie Zacharek,
"Little about The Guardian will surprise anyone from one scene to the next, though the ride is hardly unpleasant and the story is generous in scope."
‑ Tom Keogh, Seattle Times
"There's nothing particularly wrong with it, it's just very tedious. Originality doesn't seem to be important and maybe it doesn't have to be as The Guardian is dealing with something true but what that something is the filmmakers seem to know."
‑ Joshua Starnes,
"Overly bloated action drama that is predictable and drawn out."
‑ Ryan Cracknell, Calgary Movies
" old-fashioned, irresistibly earnest piece of work..."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"Kutcher may soon be ready to anchor a Hollywood sea voyage. But for now, he's still a touch out of his depth."
‑ Scott Bowles, USA Today
"The Guardian has the feel of a Sunday feature in a newspaper more than a drama."
‑ Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle
""The Guardian" is a pro-military propaganda movie from Hollywood that attempts to mask its agenda behind the life-saving rhetoric of Coast Guard rescue swimmers."
‑ Cole Smithey,
"Will definitely rescue some moviegoers from the post-summer doldrums, but someone should have told Davis that there's going to be casualities if he leaves audiences in the water that long."
‑ Brian Tallerico, UGO Screenwriter's Voice
"A well-judged performance by Kevin Costner brings drama to this actioner."
‑ Richard James Havis, Film Journal International
"The Guardian does the job required: nothing more, nothing less, and nothing fancy."
‑ Geoff Pevere, Toronto Star
"Costner is suitably Costneresque -- that is, low-key, stoic, and capable of a wry turn here or there."
‑ Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer
"There is a breadth of quality about the acting, including a fine performance from Sela Ward as Ben's estranged wife - making a lot more of her role than her meagre scripting suggests."
‑ Amber Wilkinson, Eye for Film
"The Guardian isn't as boring as Annapolis and SWAT, but it's still a feature-length training montage about kids learning the importance of taking it to the limit."
‑ Mark Palermo, Coast (Halifax, Nova Scotia)
"I'd have given it an A-. But it goes on & on, off the deep end into the even hokier. But since it choked me up earlier on, I'm calling it a weak B ."
‑ Ross Anthony, Hollywood Report Card
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