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The Bodyguard (1992)

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32

Average Rating: 4.8/10
Reviews Counted: 34
Fresh: 11 | Rotten: 23

The Bodyguard is a cheesy, melodramatic potboiler with occasional moments of electricity from Whitney Houston.

14

Average Rating: 4.4/10
Critic Reviews: 7
Fresh: 1 | Rotten: 6

The Bodyguard is a cheesy, melodramatic potboiler with occasional moments of electricity from Whitney Houston.

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Lawrence Kasdan originally wrote his script for The Bodyguard in the late 1960s as a vehicle for Steve McQueen; by the time it reached the screen, Kasdan's star was another movie hearthrob, Kevin Costner. When imperious musical superstar Whitney Houston begins receiving death threats, she is compelled to hire a bodyguard. Enter Costner, who immediately incurs the wrath of Houston and her entourage by imposing prison-like security measures. An ex-Secret Service agent, Costner still hasn't purged

Apr 18, 2006

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All Critics (34) | Top Critics (7) | Fresh (11) | Rotten (23) | DVD (14)

The Bodyguard is an outrageous piece of saccharine kitsch -- or, at least, it might have been had the movie seemed fully awake.

September 7, 2011 Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly
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A jumbled mess, with a few enjoyable moments but little continuity or flow.

July 22, 2008 Full Review Source: Variety
Variety
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Lawrence Kasdan, it seems, mulled over the first draft of his screenplay twenty years ago; it should have been left to languish in development purgatory.

February 9, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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Two long hours and 10 minutes after this tale begins, Rachel and Frank seem no closer than seatmates on a long bus trip.

May 20, 2003 Full Review Source: New York Times
New York Times
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It's only a matter of time before love arises between Mr. Earphone and Ms. High Note. By that time, Bodyguard has slumped to the ground.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Washington Post
Washington Post
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[Costner] was probably more alive as the corpse in The Big Chill than he is here.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Washington Post
Washington Post
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The premise is workable, but the movie is sabotaged by several elements, including the hot-and-cold dialogue, obvious red herrings, and a ludicrous climax centering on an assassination attempt at the Academy Awards ceremony.

April 25, 2012 Full Review Source: Creative Loafing
Creative Loafing

Old fashioned star vehicle that makes no bones about manipulating its audience, but which does so with plenty of theatrical gusto.

March 1, 2012 Full Review Source: Film4
Film4

A dreary, turgid melodrama featuring the much ballyhooed debut of pop diva Whitney Houston.

March 1, 2012 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

A plotless and trashy romantic melodrama that, with th help of some melodic songs, became a popular hit and date movie.

April 26, 2011 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com
EmanuelLevy.Com

Great Whitney Houston songs, mediocre love story.

December 31, 2010 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

[An] absurd piece of entertaining fluff.

April 1, 2006 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

Serviceable story with Houston making an impressive film debut.

April 29, 2005
Nolan's Pop Culture Review

hilarious camp artifact

February 22, 2005 Full Review Source: Film Freak Central
Film Freak Central

It's not that it's entirely bad. I liked some of the music and Whitney Houston's singing.

February 8, 2005 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis
Movie Metropolis

The thriller aspect of The Bodyguard works, but the romance does not.

December 28, 2004 Full Review Source: TheMovieReport.com
TheMovieReport.com

You'll get the most bang for your entertainment buck by simply buying the soundtrack. A rental of the DVD is strictly optional.

November 28, 2004 Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com
Filmcritic.com

The relationship between Houston and Costner is mighty strange one, albeit profoundly problematic.

July 5, 2003
FilmFestivals.com

Should have been a perfect star vehicle for Whitney Houston, but the vehicle is a lemon.

March 23, 2003 Full Review Source: Laramie Movie Scope
Laramie Movie Scope

Why can't the real Oscars be like this?

August 30, 2002
Flipside Movie Emporium

Shows how our lives are often throttled by the emotions of fear and desire.

August 22, 2002 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
Spirituality and Practice

Who wouldn't want Kevin Costner as their bodyguard? And Whitney can sing!

August 2, 2002

Audience Reviews for The Bodyguard

A great film. Costner makes an excellent bodyguard and Houston's singing voice just blows you away everytime. The soundtrack is just as good as the film.
June 23, 2011
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Bethany Murphy

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Kevin Costner stars as an ex Secret Service, turned Bodyguard who is billed as the best there is. Hired by Rachel Marron, a famous singer (played by Whitney Houston who is surprisingly good) after a series of problems from an obsessed fan.

This film sounds like (and at times plays like) a daytime TV movie. However, there is something about the 1990's Kevin Costner that transforms this film into one of the best films of its day. We are made to gasp as Kevin Costner swoops in and save the head strong singer time and time again and look on as the pair inevitably fall for each other. The only downside of this film is the somewhat unexplained jealousy of the older sister and the motives behind the assasination attempts on the famouse Rachel Marron.

"The people who hire me, they don't have to be convinced to save their own lives. "
January 17, 2011
crunchbunch

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    1. Rachel Marron: You know, Fletcher can't swim very well.
    2. Herb Farmer: I guess he'd better stay in the boat then.
    – Submitted by Alyssa B (8 days ago)
    1. Rachel Marron: So, can we get you anything?
    2. Frank Farmer: Yeah, orange juice.
    3. Rachel Marron: Straight?
    – Submitted by Alyssa B (8 days ago)
    1. Frank Farmer: I don't wanna talk about this again.
    – Submitted by Alyssa B (8 days ago)
    1. Frank Farmer: Frank Farmer to see Miss Marron.
    – Submitted by Alyssa B (8 days ago)
    1. Frank Farmer: You're a lovely woman.
    2. Nikki Marron: But you don't want me. I'm surprised. Thorough fellow like yourself. Why stop at one sister when you could have fucked them both?
    3. Frank Farmer: I make my mistakes.
    4. Nikki Marron: But you didn't say no to the boss.
    – Submitted by Alyssa B (8 days ago)
    1. Woman in Green: I've been watching you all night from across the room.
    2. Frank Farmer: Why don't you go back there. Keep watching.
    – Submitted by Alyssa B (8 days ago)
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