The Good Guy
The Good Guy (2009)

After executive producing the acclaimed documentary Manda Bala and the J.M. Coetzee adaptation Disgrace, Julio DePietro makes his feature debut as a writer-director with The Good Guy, a drama about ambitious young Wall Streeters fighting… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: February 19, 2009
DVD Release Date: June 22, 2010
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Critic Score: 35% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: The Good Guy has an attractive cast, but they aren't done any favors by the film's cardboard characters and cliched plot.

Wesley Morris
Boston Globe

It's network television drama, starring actors best known for their TV work and full of the petty gripes and mild worries of characters who really have nothing compelling to worry about.

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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News

There's too little difference between the good guys and the bad guys in Julio DePietro's uninspired debut, a slickly cynical romance destined to be quickly forgotten.

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S. Jhoanna Robledo
Common Sense Media

High-reaching adult drama with lots of language, drinking.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

It has smart characters, and is wise about the ones who try to tame their intelligence by acting out.

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Betsy Sharkey
Los Angeles Times

Drawing on his stint at a Chicago investment firm, DePietro creates characters, dialogue and situations that feel authentic, which makes the film relevant in unexpected ways, though not as deeply as you hope he'll do in the future.

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Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

Mild, pleasant, obvious romantic comedy set on Wall Street that's most notable for its (maybe accurate) portrayal of young brokers as amoral idiots oblivious to the real-life consequences of their risky business.

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Adam Markovitz
Entertainment Weekly

The Good Guy has a few half-cute moments, some chuckles, and enough pretty faces to cast at least two TV pilots. What it doesn't have is a clue.

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Stephen Holden
New York Times

resh enough to provide the voyeuristic kick of glimpsing the frenzied lifestyle of aspiring masters of the universe.

Brian Orndorf

Even on a reduced scale of expectation, Good Guy is stunningly empty and obvious, missing its mark as a cautionary tale or a romantic sojourn, instead slogging along a preordained trail of cliché.

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Flixster Audience Score: 30% Flixster User Reviews
Cynthia S.
Not bad. Not great. Seemed to make an attempt at a nice romantic drama, but doesn't quite go all the way.
Erin Collins
This was actually pretty entertaining. It was a little short, but it was better than I thought it would be.
Nicki Marie
I was surprised to see this has a fairly bad rating, I actually quite enjoyed it. I picked it up fairly cheap as it has Alexis Bledel in it. I would never… More
Christopher Haskell