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
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
The result is a 92-minute misconduct penalty.
Jay Stone - National Post
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.
A disarmingly sweet descendant of the blood-on-the-ice classic Slap Shot.
A.A. Dowd - Time Out Chicago
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
Scott, never known for being choosy about his roles, actually has ended up in a sweet little movie.
Charles Ealy - Austin American-Statesman
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
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
What we end up with is a film that just isn't interesting, entertaining, or funny.
Jeff Beck - Examiner.com
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
The bloodier the film gets, the sweeter Scott's lion-hearted enforcer seems, cheerfully taking pucks and sticks and skates to the face with a smile, all in the service of his beloved team.
Simon Miraudo - Quickflix
Liberally peppered with profanities and comedic hockey-related violence, Goon finds plenty to laugh at in the coarse words and antics of athletes.
Mark Pfeiffer - Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema
Goon is a remarkably sweet, shockingly violent and incredibly enjoyable movie that ranks up there as one of the best hockey films ever made.
R. L. Shaffer - IGN DVD
a film about honor, love and loyalty that transcends its subject matter and can connect to a larger audience if they give it a chance
Kevin Carr - 7M Pictures
This proves we don't need a remake of 'Slap Shot.' Funny and violent, 'Goon' is a very good sports movie.
Jeff Bayer - The Scorecard Review
Exuberantly off-color, bloody, and frequently laugh-'til-you-choke hilarious.
Marc Savlov - Austin Chronicle
Profane, bloody, and sophomoric, it's a comic adrenaline rush with a surprisingly sweet heart.
Shawn Levy - Oregonian
Main character as endearing as he is brutal
Robert Denerstein - Movie Habit
Loveable lug finds his calling as a hockey fighter
Marty Mapes - Movie Habit
The best hockey comedy since 'Slap Shot.'
James Verniere - Boston Herald
The picture captures the crude, raucous locker-rrom spirit of 'Slap Shot' with surprising jollity, and it's peopled with amusing characters, all played with relish.
Frank Swietek - One Guy's Opinion
Scott gives a wonderfully economical performance that anchors this fast-paced outing.
Betsy Sherman - Boston Phoenix
...a fresh, new sports comedy that may have a measure of cliche, but the filmmakers overwhelm it in a power play that scores.
Robin Clifford - Reeling Reviews
It is easily the best hockey movie since Miracle, for whatever that's worth.
Scott Mendelson - Dark Horizons
Goon captures the humanity of the brutal - and uplifting - game of hockey that is identified so strongly with Canada. It's no coincidence that actually, Jay Baruchel has a tattoo of a maple leaf over his heart.
Tony Macklin - tonymacklin.net
Schreiber is sublime. The Shakespearean actor, donning a 70's era handlebar, gives his enforcer a Zen quality when he's not punching out rivals. Brilliant casting brings abundant rewards.
Laura Clifford - Reeling Reviews
easily the one of the most original, compelling, and irresistible characters to hit movie screens this year, and he appears in a film that is hard to pigeonhole, which is one of its many virtues
Andrea Chase - Killer Movie Reviews
The characters in "Goon" are so pure and honest, the movie sails through on momentum, like a well-placed slap shot.
Jeffrey M. Anderson - San Francisco Examiner
Goon skates just far enough away from the normal "guy overcomes adversity to achieve his dreams" story to make it an entertaining watch.
Grae Drake - Movies.com
The movie is harsh, nasty and vulgar like you wouldn't believe. And often, it's hilarious.
Mick LaSalle - San Francisco Chronicle
Doug becomes a character you really root for.
Matt Singer - ScreenCrush
...you have to wonder about a film that wants to emulate the outrageousness of "Slapshot" but feels the need to warm the audience's heart.
Jeff Meyers - Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Two winning underdog sports movies for the price of one.
Ethan Alter - Television Without Pity
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.
Seann William Scott gives a surprisingly engaging, even sweet performance as the title character in the brutal, raunchy hockey comedy.
Brian Tallerico - HollywoodChicago.com
Bashed heads and shattered teeth on ice may not seem the likeliest premise for comedy, but real, consistent laughs are nonetheless generated in this fresh sports raunch-fest.
David Noh - Film Journal International
While well-intentioned, and Seann William Scott does a bang-up job, the tone of the film swings as wide as a hockey stick.
Kimberly Gadette - Doddle
Bloody sports dramedy about brutal life of hockey enforcer
S. Jhoanna Robledo - Common Sense Media
A consistently funny and heartfelt tribute to small-town Canadian hockey that shows obvious affection for its subject and characters.
Todd Jorgenson - Cinemalogue.com
Goon is like a hockey enforcer cartoon with heart, over-the-top and brilliant...
Mark Bell - Film Threat
In the end, it's the less high-scoring offspring of the 1977 classic Slap Shot, but to even mention it in that movie's company is praise enough.
Dave White - Movies.com
All it wants is slapstick violence and "Slap Shot" profanity. And it delivers both - albeit not much else.
Stephen Whitty - Newark Star-Ledger
It's every bit as sharp and funny as Slap Shot.
Robert Levin - amNewYork
It's made with affection both for the ritual of hockey fights and the strain of sports movies that care more about wisecracks and pranks than winning the big game.
Scott Tobias - NPR
Goon is crude, violent and deeply enjoyable.
Stephanie Zacharek - Movieline
There's a bit of "Slap Shot" and a bit of "Dodgeball" in "Goon," although it isn't as sharp as either of those films.
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul) - St. Paul Pioneer Press
A hilarious, foulmouthed comedy that's deceptively sweet--a portrait of a bruiser who knows when to strike and when he deserves to be struck.
Matt Pais - RedEye
It's the rare hockey movie to approach violence head-on, without hectoring or hand-wringing, as an essential element of the sport, not some inhumane sideshow.
John Semley - AV Club
Goon prevails where other sports-film farces fail thanks to Scott's winning, unwinking performance; Liev Schreiber's spot-on turn as a wizened, clock-punching rink assassin; and a pucked-up love of a bloody game.
Eric Hynes - Time Out
[VIDEO] Trading on hockey's blood-splattering brutality as a ripe source for comic possibilities, "Goon" is a good-hearted sports comedy with a romantic left hook.
Cole Smithey - ColeSmithey.com
A second-rate dude comedy in which an untalented knucklehead becomes a star through brute violence.
Nick Schager - Slant Magazine
Goon isn't a particularly deep film, nor does it redefine the paradigm for the sports comedy. But I have to give everyone involved credit for doing it right, and making it look almost easy. Bloody, but easy.
Drew McWeeny - HitFix
With apologies to The Mighty Ducks, we are, almost certainly, looking at the second-best ice hockey movie ever made. (Slap Shot retains the top spot.)
Donald Clarke - Irish Times
my favorite, rowdy sports flick since the original "Bad News Bears."
Jordan Hoffman - IFC.com
For all its surface-level vulgarity and gleeful violence, Goon is actually a sweet, insightful, and powerfully effective little sports movie.
Pumping in the Puccini, the director lifts the movie off the ground, giving the feature an identity that's worth paying attention to.
Brian Orndorf - BrianOrndorf.com
Goon, for the most part, comes off as a perpetually watchable and sporadically hilarious comedy that benefits substantially from the engaging work of its various actors...
David Nusair - Reel Film Reviews
Goon is a surprise on pretty much all fronts, following the story beats you'd expect of a film of this genre, yet delivering them in an enjoyably unusual and offbeat manner.
Chris Tilly - IGN Movies UK
The film embraces hockey's brute culture, with both a critical eye to fans who crave commodified violence and sympathy for the enforcers who merely play their bare-knuckled roles.
Radheyan Simonpillai - NOW Toronto
A worthy grandchild of the greatest of all hockey movies, Slap Shot. There, I said it.
Jim Slotek - Jam! Movies
Goon is a Canadian hockey comedy with a capital CANUCK. It oozes Great White North out of its every pore, which I'm glad to say is a lot less disgusting than it sounds.
Bob Westal - Bullz-Eye.com
The bone-crunching, unremitting violence is bad enough, but what I find particularly distasteful is the way it is celebrated.
Roz Laws - Birmingham Post
A blisteringly askew tale of how you don't have to be good at a sport to succeed, just know your role.
Thom Atkinson - The Skinny
[T]he tale of a man who is 'touched by the fist of God' and called to commit violence in the arena, all presented with a kind of sick grandeur -- or mock grandeur; it's hard to tell which...
MaryAnn Johanson - Flick Filosopher
There is the impression that some of the characters should have been portrayed in a more three dimensional way.
Donald Munro - Eye for Film
An operatically stupid, tonally deranged comedy-drama...
Alistair Harkness - Scotsman
Ice hockey is a violent game, but usually in movies the violence is the garnish rather than the meal itself.
Philip French - Observer [UK]
If you can stomach the unexpectedly strong violence, there is something even more unexpected here; a sly satire of the disturbing blood-lust associated with ice hockey, and a quiet, believable character study which makes the best of Seann William Scott.
Shaun Munro - What Culture
Goon is the most distasteful film I've ever seen kick-starting a year.
Graham Young - Birmingham Mail
I'm not sure that this rough and ready comedy would seem so funny were it not for Scott's charming performance as the man with dynamite in his fists and fudge in his heart.
Derek Malcolm - This is London
This is just a fun 90 minutes - an after-the-pub movie.
Alex Zane - Sun Online
Underpinned by a surprisingly touching rom-com sub plot twinning Doug with Scott Pilgrim's Alison Pill, Goon is pucking funny stuff.
Dan Brightmore - Little White Lies
At the end the audience disperses in a daze, saying "Dude, where's my brain?", but also feeling a warmish glow around the heart.
Nigel Andrews - Financial Times
Come the second half here, the laugh cupboard's all but dry.
Tim Robey - Daily Telegraph
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
A smart script and vivid characters make this rowdy hockey comedy much more engaging than we expect.
Rich Cline - Shadows on the Wall
Really ... it's just Dodgeball with a lobotomy.
Elliott Noble - Sky Movies
Goon isn't a life-changer, but it is a pleasant little surprise.
David Aldridge - Radio Times
It's a surprisingly watchable, big-hearted yet unsentimental film...
It's Scott who gives the movie its heart, delivering a performance of quiet strength and unexpected subtlety - when he's not cracking skulls.
Tom Huddleston - Time Out
Rough, rude and raucous.
Rosie Fletcher - Total Film
Enjoyable, well directed and frequently funny comedy drama with a likeable performance from Seann William Scott and an adorable turn from co-star Alison Pill...
Matthew Turner - ViewLondon
Hilariously foul. Best hockey comedy since SLAP SHOT.
Chris Bumbray - JoBlo's Movie Emporium