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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 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
    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
    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. Aug 25, 2013
    What? Sometimes I think all critic reviews are curropted with larger companies and moving paying the reviewers, the critic reviews definitely strengthen those thoughts.
    I don't care if it has been done before, EVERYTHING HAS BEEN DONE BEFORE, GET IT THROUGH YOUR HEAD. In these days, nothing and everything is original, and if I saw the concept before, I'd mention the movie who executed the concept better.
    The guardians is a piece of work, I really liked Ashton Kutcher and the other actor's performance. The story wasn't insanely unique, but it portrayed real life situations, the sometimes complicated lives of the coastguard with an interesting chain of events.

    I loved it, and I think it deserves a solid nine.
  2. Aug 23, 2010
    Veteran coast guard, traumatic accident on the job, forced to become an instructor, does it his way, new brilliant recruit with issues, etc.
    Very predictable but also watchable action film with Kevin Costner & Ashton Kutcher playing their roles well.
    You can sort of grasp how it's going to turn out within the first half hour & inevitably is going to be compared with the homo-erotic fest that is Top Gun.

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