'Goon' Critic Reviews

93%
MovieWeb:   3 reviews
82%
Rotten Tomatoes:   103 reviews
  • Owen Gleiberman Entertainment Weekly (Top Critic)
    59
    When Seann William Scott uses his fists, he's a star.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Stephen Holden New York Times (Top Critic)
    60
    Behind the film's brass knuckles are tender fingers.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Peter Bradshaw Guardian [UK] (Top Critic)
    60
    It's a surprisingly watchable, big-hearted yet unsentimental film...
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Michael O'Sullivan Washington Post (Top Critic)
    63
    [Scott] is reason enough to see the film, which otherwise is a by-the-book sports comedy.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Tom Russo Boston Globe (Top Critic)
    50
    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.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Nick Pinkerton Village Voice (Top Critic)
    Depicting the vocationally debauched world of second-tier hockey, Goon is not only rowdy, but also humane...
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Elizabeth Weitzman New York Daily News (Top Critic)
    60
    [Scott is] a talented actor, and it's worth checking out his new dramedy just to get a sense of his wide-ranging skills.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Kathleen Murphy MSN Movies (Top Critic)
    60
    Good for lowdown fun, this subversive comedy invites us in to celebrate its idiosyncratic bunch of sweet-natured goons.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Bilge Ebiri New York Magazine (Top Critic)
    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.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times (Top Critic)
    75
    The best thing about "Goon" is not the hockey action, or who wins and who loses. It's Doug's rags-to-riches story.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • J. R. Jones Chicago Reader (Top Critic)
    Seann William Scott is the best comic Neanderthal in Hollywood, and he's found the perfect story in this fictionalized adaptation of a memoir by minor-league hockey brawler Doug Smith.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Colin Covert Minneapolis Star Tribune (Top Critic)
    38
    The fact that a movie as harsh and despicable as "Goon" can be promoted as a comedy says terrible things about the state of the American film industry.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Tom Long Detroit News (Top Critic)
    67
    What's somewhat surprising is you don't have to give a hoot about hockey to enjoy the movie. This is just a guy living his dream: Hitting people.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Robert Koehler Variety (Top Critic)
    The job of a hockey enforcer, invisible to many non-fans and even casual fans, is definitively presented here by taking the viewer into Doug's world and letting him do his thing.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Kyle Smith New York Post (Top Critic)
    75
    "Goon" easily takes the title of second-best hockey comedy I've ever seen.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Peter Howell Toronto Star (Top Critic)
    75
    It takes hockey hooliganism to heights not seen since Slap Shot was offending the nation's finger-waggers back in the 1970s.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • William Goss Film.com (Top Critic)
    It's an underdog story that doesn't take itself too seriously, tender as a bruise and about as blue.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Stephen Cole Globe and Mail (Top Critic)
    50
    What a disappointment.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • John DeFore Hollywood Reporter (Top Critic)
    Seann William Scott plays against type in surprisingly funny, unsurprisingly lowbrow hockey flick.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Christy Lemire Associated Press (Top Critic)
    For a movie about ragged, trash-talking thugs beating the crap out of each other on the ice, Goon is surprisingly sweet.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Robert Abele Los Angeles Times (Top Critic)
    50
    Scott isn't bad: He sells the comedy of his character's ingrained politeness as much as the aggression. But "Goon" feels like a movie starring a gimmick, not a person.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • A.A. Dowd Time Out Chicago
    80
    A disarmingly sweet descendant of the blood-on-the-ice classic Slap Shot.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Perry Seibert TV Guide's Movie Guide
    75
    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.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Charles Ealy Austin American-Statesman
    60
    Scott, never known for being choosy about his roles, actually has ended up in a sweet little movie.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Jay Stone National Post
    The result is a 92-minute misconduct penalty.
    Full Review » 2 years ago