When Seann William Scott uses his fists, he's a star.
Owen Gleiberman - Entertainment Weekly
Behind the film's brass knuckles are tender fingers.
Stephen Holden - New York Times
[Scott] is reason enough to see the film, which otherwise is a by-the-book sports comedy.
Michael O'Sullivan - Washington Post
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
Depicting the vocationally debauched world of second-tier hockey, Goon is not only rowdy, but also humane...
Nick Pinkerton - Village Voice
[Scott is] a talented actor, and it's worth checking out his new dramedy just to get a sense of his wide-ranging skills.
Elizabeth Weitzman - New York Daily News
Good for lowdown fun, this subversive comedy invites us in to celebrate its idiosyncratic bunch of sweet-natured goons.
Kathleen Murphy - MSN Movies
The best thing about "Goon" is not the hockey action, or who wins and who loses. It's Doug's rags-to-riches story.
Roger Ebert - Chicago Sun-Times
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.
J. R. Jones - Chicago Reader
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.
Colin Covert - Minneapolis Star Tribune
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.
Tom Long - Detroit News
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.
Robert Koehler - Variety
"Goon" easily takes the title of second-best hockey comedy I've ever seen.
Kyle Smith - New York Post
It takes hockey hooliganism to heights not seen since Slap Shot was offending the nation's finger-waggers back in the 1970s.
Peter Howell - Toronto Star
It's an underdog story that doesn't take itself too seriously, tender as a bruise and about as blue.
William Goss - Film.com
What a disappointment.
Stephen Cole - Globe and Mail
Seann William Scott plays against type in surprisingly funny, unsurprisingly lowbrow hockey flick.
John DeFore - Hollywood Reporter
For a movie about ragged, trash-talking thugs beating the crap out of each other on the ice, Goon is surprisingly sweet.
Christy Lemire - Associated Press
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.
Robert Abele - Los Angeles Times
I laughed so hard I almost injured myself. My distinguished colleague fell out of his chair.
Sean Burns - Philadelphia Weekly
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