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Guarding Tess Reviews

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June 6, 2018
Maclaine's performance as Tess Carlisle, which shifts from polite witchiness to lonely, mildly boozy poignancy, adds up to the only real reason to see this potentially funny and revealing, but actually rather humdrum duodrama.
December 7, 2017
Too often Guarding Tess feels like a sketch towards a movie.
January 1, 2000
There are a few good jokes, some solid chemistry between the leads, and a little pathos, but it all doesn't add up to very much.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
July 26, 2002
Comedically challenged piffle. This one hardly even seems to be trying.
| Original Score: 1.5/5
June 24, 2006
Cage is on best behaviour here, but he's not an especially sympathetic performer.
February 14, 2003
They should have pulled her detail.
| Original Score: 1/5
November 19, 2004
| Original Score: 2/5
September 19, 2008
The film is indeed likable. But director Hugh Wilson, who co-wrote the script with Peter Torokvei, just skims the surface of potentially rich territory.
May 20, 2003
For the first half-hour, the tension between Cage and MacLaine makes for some truly funny moments, but then it seems as if director Hugh Wilson called a wrap too early.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
December 2, 2003
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
February 18, 2005
| Original Score: 2/5
January 1, 2000
It's just two pleasant, well-acted characters with nothing to do.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
July 20, 2003
| Original Score: 1/5
March 19, 2004
A fun idea, blandly executed
| Original Score: 2/5
July 12, 2011
We have seen it before: The movie throws together two individuals (Shirley Maclaine and Nicolas Cage) who could not have been more different and then shows us how they learn to respect each other.
Full Review | Original Score: C
September 19, 2008
Straightforward but enjoyable comedy that sees Cage and MacLaine going at it hammer and tongs -- although not in that sense.
January 1, 2000
MacLaine and Cage are really very good here.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
November 7, 2002
A chance to watch two great actors shine in rich, funny, real roles.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
November 7, 2005
| Original Score: 3/5
August 26, 2002
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
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