The Guardian
The Guardian (2006)

After losing his crew in a fatal crash, legendary Rescue Swimmer, Ben Randall, is sent to teach at 'A' School, an elite training program for Coast Guard Rescue Swimmers. Wrestling with the loss of his crew members, he throws himself… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: September 29, 2006
DVD Release Date: January 23, 2007
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Critic Score: 37% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: The Coast Guard gets its chance for a heroic movie tribute, but The Guardian does it no justice, borrowing cliche after cliche from other (and better) military branch movies.

Stephanie Zacharek

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.

Tom Keogh
Seattle Times

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.

Joshua Starnes

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.

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Scott Bowles
USA Today

Kutcher may soon be ready to anchor a Hollywood sea voyage. But for now, he's still a touch out of his depth.

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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle

The Guardian has the feel of a Sunday feature in a newspaper more than a drama.

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Cole Smithey

"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.

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Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star

The Guardian does the job required: nothing more, nothing less, and nothing fancy.

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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer

Costner is suitably Costneresque -- that is, low-key, stoic, and capable of a wry turn here or there.

Amber Wilkinson
Eye for Film

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.

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Sophie Burgess
It was a long film but I felt they didn't really show anything. There was no strong story line here, just two characters who have been through bad times… More
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A stirring, exciting, thrilling and exhilarating movie. A spectacular and edge of your seat action-packed drama. Great rescue/action sequences that are just… More
Alex roy
The Guardian is almost directly a exact copy of Ron Howard's film Backdraft, a lot of plot elements are similar. Including the end. This is a pointless… More
Lenny Muggsy
Andrew Davis was a solid director in the early 90's with Under Siege and The Fugitive, clearly doesn't have the steam or cream anymore. Would have… More
Chris Weber
Even though this movie exceeded my expectations, I'm going to start with the gripes first. This movie is unoriginal, derivative, and filled with… More