THE GUARD is a comedic, fish out of water tale of murder, blackmail, drug trafficking and rural police corruption, and the two cops who must join forces to take on an international drug-smuggling gang, an unorthodox Irish policeman and a straitlaced FBI agent.
- John Michael McDonagh
- Brendan Gleeson, Don Cheadle, Mark Strong, ionnula Flanagan
"The Guard" himself may be no angel, but his movie is a wee slice of heaven.Ann Hornaday, Washington Post, 08.11.2011
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, 08.19.2011
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, 08.19.2011
There are few things finer in cinema than Brendan Gleeson's fat, happy face.Tom Long, Detroit News, 08.19.2011