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  • Summary: After losing his crew in a fatal crash, legendary Rescue Swimmer, Ben Randall (Costner), 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 into teaching, turning the program upside downAfter losing his crew in a fatal crash, legendary Rescue Swimmer, Ben Randall (Costner), 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 into teaching, turning the program upside down with his unorthodox training methods. While there, he encounters a young, cocky swim champ, Jake Fischer (Kutcher), who is driven to be the best. (Touchstone Pictures) Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 29
  2. Negative: 1 out of 29
  1. The Guardian is that rarest of cinematic commodities: an action movie displaying brains and heart and the opportunity for its stars to do something more than keep the narrative flowing between explosions.
  2. Reviewed by: Joe Leydon
    70
    The overlong but involving drama has obvious cross-generational appeal.
  3. At its best when its heroes race furiously toward their missions, most of which involve jumping out of a helicopter into surging waves.
  4. 58
    Tries tremendously hard to win audiences over with manly derring-do, exciting action, and impossible-obstacles-overcome uplift. And it's undeniably compelling for minutes at a time
  5. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    50
    A predictable amalgam of every military-academy movie you can think of.
  6. 50
    There's nothing in The Guardian that audiences haven't previously been exposed to ad nauseam.
  7. 38
    The men who made The Guardian strive to be the averagest of the average - and don't quite succeed.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 43 out of 51
  2. Negative: 7 out of 51
  1. Numby
    Sep 29, 2006
    10
    Just came back from seeing it on opening night. Absolutely, the most entertaining movie this year. Thank you Hollywood.
  2. CarolAnnC.
    Oct 2, 2006
    10
    I just saw a matinee on Monday afternoon which was half full. It was so quiet that you could hear a pin drop. The characters were so likeable I just saw a matinee on Monday afternoon which was half full. It was so quiet that you could hear a pin drop. The characters were so likeable that you felt for each and every one. Yes, the movie was a bit too long and was also very intense in that it made me feel queasy. If I cared enough for the characters then the movie did what it was supposed to do because it felt so real. I absolutely loved it and recommend it to everyone. The acting was first rate and the ocean scenes were riveting. All the side stories were tied up in the end nicely. As for the critics, they had to be watching something else. Expand
  3. LisaL
    Sep 21, 2007
    10
    This movie was AMAZING! I was so inspired and it just makes you realize how much we take for granted the amazing work people do. the acting This movie was AMAZING! I was so inspired and it just makes you realize how much we take for granted the amazing work people do. the acting was really good too. I'm reminded again of how great of an actor kevin costner and ashton kutcher are. Expand
  4. shelbiem.
    Nov 6, 2006
    9
    This movie was increable, heart renching, that will be watched agian and agian!
  5. DanD.
    Nov 10, 2006
    8
    Im not particularly a fan of these two actors, with a few exceptions- (Dances with Wolves, and the Butterfly Effect), but they didn't Im not particularly a fan of these two actors, with a few exceptions- (Dances with Wolves, and the Butterfly Effect), but they didn't annoy me here, and the story was pretty good, and I'm sure they will get a lot of new recruits to the Coast Guard, despite how tough they portrayed the training. Expand
  6. MichaelF.
    Sep 27, 2006
    8
    Formulaic, but some interesting and fun twists. Costner and especially Kutcher are great. Their boss is the sadistic head guard from Formulaic, but some interesting and fun twists. Costner and especially Kutcher are great. Their boss is the sadistic head guard from Shawshank Redemption. Expand
  7. BobbyB.
    Sep 30, 2006
    0
    What a joke! Save your money and your time -- life is too short to waste on junk like this. This movie has been made 100 times before -- why What a joke! Save your money and your time -- life is too short to waste on junk like this. This movie has been made 100 times before -- why the need to make it again? Expand

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