The Guardian

Metascore
53

Mixed or average reviews - based on 29 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 29
  2. Negative: 1 out of 29

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Critic Reviews

  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. The film's grueling training sequences have a perverse fascination, and, though he's nothing special here, Kutcher is probably the most appealing he has been in a big-screen role.
  3. The Guardian doesn't offer too many surprises. Except for one: it's genuinely well-made and, at least when it comes to the character Ben Randall, kind of moving.
  4. Reviewed by: Joe Leydon
    70
    The overlong but involving drama has obvious cross-generational appeal.
  5. A surprisingly engaging character-driven picture: not quite Ingmar Bergman, of course, but not Michael Bay either.
  6. Sometimes you want to buy an extra-large popcorn and settle in for a big budget Hollywood blockbuster replete with entertaining explosions, undemanding dialogue and completely unrealistic action sequences. If all that sounds like gloriously uncomplicated fun, The Guardian is your movie.
  7. Reviewed by: Scott Warren
    63
    Ultimately a valentine to the unsung heroes of the US Coast Guard and it's probably long overdue.
  8. It's not easy being macho while you're shivering like a frozen puppy, but Kutcher pulls it off.
  9. At its best when its heroes race furiously toward their missions, most of which involve jumping out of a helicopter into surging waves.
  10. With high seas and crashing waves created by Canadian special-effects company Fusion CIS, there's nothing wrong with the nail-biting side of the equation featuring a sequence of distinct maritime accidents; it's the rest of the plot that is taking on water.
User Score
7.8

Generally favorable reviews- based on 126 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 40 out of 51
  2. Negative: 7 out of 51
  1. Aug 25, 2013
    9
    What? Sometimes I think all critic reviews are curropted with larger companies and moving paying the reviewers, the critic reviews definitelyWhat? 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.
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  2. Aug 23, 2010
    6
    Veteran coast guard, traumatic accident on the job, forced to become an instructor, does it his way, new brilliant recruit with issues, etc.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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  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. Full Review »