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Not content with his job as a bouncer at a local Beantown bar and a bit of an embarrassment to his accomplished family, Doug Glatt (Seann William Scott) dreams of the kind of success enjoyed by minor league hockey goon Ross Rhea (Liev Schreiber). When a chance encounter with an on-ice thug leads to a bloody fist fight that Doug easily wins, the coach of the Halifax Highlanders sees potential in this mammoth sized man who is only hampered by his lack of any hockey playing ability and his brother's old figure skates. Standing up to the taunts of the other players, Doug manages to join the… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 82%

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"As the brutality ramps up, and the story gains real consequence, for some reason, we actually laugh harder. Goon is a comedy, often a very funny one, but you might be hesitant to call it that once you've actually seen it."
‑ Bilge Ebiri, New York Magazine/Vulture
"The movie is harsh, nasty and vulgar like you wouldn't believe. And often, it's hilarious."
‑ Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle
"Crosses the blue line so often you're compelled to pin it against the boards and administer a quick knee to the groin."
‑ Al Alexander, The Patriot Ledger
"It's the kind of small-budget comedy that earns your goodwill early and easily, even if it isn't breaking new ground or transcending its readily apparent monetary constraints."
‑ Perry Seibert, TV Guide's Movie Guide
"An appealing low-brow farce going at full speed to capture in its cartoonish presentation the cliches, macho dynamics, violence and fights of minor league hockey players."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"[Scott] is reason enough to see the film, which otherwise is a by-the-book sports comedy."
‑ Michael O'Sullivan, Washington Post
"It's an underdog story that doesn't take itself too seriously, tender as a bruise and about as blue."
‑ William Goss,
"The result is a 92-minute misconduct penalty."
‑ Jay Stone, National Post
"Scott, never known for being choosy about his roles, actually has ended up in a sweet little movie."
‑ Charles Ealy, Austin American-Statesman
"What we end up with is a film that just isn't interesting, entertaining, or funny."
‑ Jeff Beck,
"The movie's unlikely sincerity can't completely offset its ugliness for less bloodthirsty viewers, but it helps, and it does smooth over some narrative rough edges."
‑ Tom Russo, Boston Globe
"George Roy Hill's classic Slap Shot may still hold the title as the quintessential hockey comedy, but Goon certainly deserves to be mentioned in its company, juggling charm and grit and raunch and bloody teeth with assuredness and aplomb."
‑ Alonso Duralde, TheWrap
"A disarmingly sweet descendant of the blood-on-the-ice classic Slap Shot."
‑ A.A. Dowd, Time Out Chicago
"This so-called hockey thug is actually a nice guy and I found myself rooting for him to knock those other players out. This film is based on a true story."
‑ Robert Roten, Laramie Movie Scope
"Goon will definitely provide an entertaining diversion from the February blahs and may even leave you cheering for more."
‑ Kristal Cooper, We Got This Covered
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