Guarding Tess Synopsis
Secret Service agent (Nicolas Cage) protects former first lady (Shirley MacLaine) in Ohio.

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88

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
MacLaine and Cage are really very good here.
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83

Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
There are no big thrills, only gentle laughs in this light story by Hugh Wilson and Peter Torokvei (Wilson also directed).
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75

TV Guide

In its small way, however, it succeeds, thanks to director Hugh Wilson's light touch and the chemistry between leads Shirley MacLaine and...
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70

Washington Post

By Desson Thomson
What counts is the comic tension between MacLaine and Cage. It's so well done, it doesn't matter how dumb things get.
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70

Los Angeles Times

By Kenneth Turan
While it's understandable that it was thought that Tess needed something more, that it couldn't go on merely being clever and fragile, this...
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67

Austin Chronicle

By
There are lots of laughs in this picture, and though at one point he teeters perilously on the brink of mush and gush, Wilson manages to...
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60

Washington Post

All of the supporting characters -- notably tubby Richard Griffiths as Tess's nurse and mousy Austin Pendleton as her chauffeur -- are...
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50

USA Today

By Susan Wloszczyna
Director Hugh Wilson and co-writer Peter Torokvei allow this Driving Miss Daisy with attitude to fully steep, like a cup of fine tea spiked...
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50

ReelViews

By James Berardinelli
Despite a slow start, the movie eventually slips into a congenial flow. Unfortunately, Guarding Tess ends up derailing because of a...
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40

Empire

By
It is, in fact, far from funny, although at moments it does touch upon amusing.
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Rated PG-13