Jonathan Hession
Owen Gleiberman
July 26, 2011 AT 04:00 AM EDT

The Guard

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
R
runtime
96 minutes
Limited Release Date
07/29/11
performer
Don Cheadle, Brendan Gleeson
director
John Michael McDonagh
distributor
Sony Pictures Classics
genre
Mystery and Thriller, Comedy

We gave it a B

Brendan Gleeson, with a brogue as thick as Guinness, plays a small-town Irish cop who’s a ?real character — a complacent enforcer with a crazy-flaky streak. You never know just what he’s going to say, yet since the quirky insults fly out of his mouth with sitcom precision, in another sense you never don’t know. In this offbeat buddy-cop comedy, Don Cheadle, as an FBI agent trying to stop a drug ring, makes the perfect foil. B

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