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Goon (15)

Comedy, Sport

Labelled an outcast by his brainy family, a bouncer overcomes long odds to lead a team of under performing misfits to semi-pro hockey glory, beating the crap out of everything that stands in his way.

The critical consensus

Alas, in over-doing the violence, under-cooking the comedy and botching the drama, this isn’t so much skating on thin ice as willfully crashing through it.

*(*)(*)(*)(*)Alistair Harkness, The Scotsman, 05/01/2012

Blokes punching each other hard and almost continuously for 90 minutes. That's the sad sum of Goon, a sports comedy that's the most wantonly aggressive thing to come out of Canada since the wolverine.

*(*)(*)(*)(*)Anthony Quinn, The Independent, 06/01/2012

It’s pitched as a comedy and has a few left-field laughs but is as empty-headed as its protagonist.

**(*)(*)(*)Henry Fitzherbert, Daily Express, 05/01/2012

As amiably idiotic as its hero.

***(*)(*)Nigel Andrews, Financial Times, 05/01/2012

Come the second half here, the laugh cupboard’s all but dry.

**(*)(*)(*)Tim Robey, The Telegraph, 05/01/2012

It's a surprisingly watchable, big-hearted yet unsentimental film.

***(*)(*)Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian, 05/01/2012

While you may know very little about the sport's complexities, the plot is highly unbelievable, even for a comedy.

David Edwards, Daily Record, 06/01/2012

A pucking funny guilty pleasure.

Dan Brightmore, Little White Lies, 06/01/2012

A couple of smart lines aside, the amount of blood- spattering violence, cursing, and locker-room humour mean this one misses the goal by a mile.

**(*)(*)(*)Alison Rowat, The Herald, 06/01/2012

Funny and sweet, brutal and profane in equal measure, this makes up in amiability and one-liners what it lacks in storytelling.

Paul Greenwood, Evening Times, 05/01/2012

Rough, rude and raucous.

***(*)(*)Rosie Fletcher, Total Film, 21/12/2011

Goon remains a likeable, unpretentious time-passer, thanks to its soft-hearted lunk of a hero. It's just a pity that, despite some glimmers of intelligence, the film isn't much brainier than he is.

Nicholas Barber, The Independent, 08/01/2012

Ice hockey is a violent game, but usually in movies the violence is the garnish rather than the meal itself. In this brutal comedy, the game is a minor consideration.

Philip French, The Observer, 08/01/2012

Goon is both brutal and painfully funny, and delivers a comedy ensemble that would gut the Mighty Ducks.

****(*)Thom Atkinson, The Skinny, 06/01/2012

Goon (15)

Where and when?

General release. Check local listings for show times.

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