The Bodyguard Reviews

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Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing
April 25, 2012
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4

Film4
March 1, 2012
Old fashioned star vehicle that makes no bones about manipulating its audience, but which does so with plenty of theatrical gusto.

TV Guide's Movie Guide
March 1, 2012
A dreary, turgid melodrama featuring the much ballyhooed debut of pop diva Whitney Houston.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
September 7, 2011
The Bodyguard is an outrageous piece of saccharine kitsch -- or, at least, it might have been had the movie seemed fully awake.
Full Review | Original Score: D
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com
April 26, 2011
A plotless and trashy romantic melodrama that, with th help of some melodic songs, became a popular hit and date movie.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Sandie Angulo Chen
Common Sense Media
December 31, 2010
Great Whitney Houston songs, mediocre love story.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Brian Lowry
Variety
July 22, 2008
A jumbled mess, with a few enjoyable moments but little continuity or flow.
Barry McIlheney
Empire Magazine
April 1, 2006
[An] absurd piece of entertaining fluff.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Time Out
February 9, 2006
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.
Michael A. Smith
Nolan's Pop Culture Review
April 29, 2005
Serviceable story with Houston making an impressive film debut.
| Original Score: 3/5
Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central
February 22, 2005
hilarious camp artifact
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis
February 8, 2005
It's not that it's entirely bad. I liked some of the music and Whitney Houston's singing.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
Michael Dequina
TheMovieReport.com
December 28, 2004
The thriller aspect of The Bodyguard works, but the romance does not.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Don Willmott
Filmcritic.com
November 28, 2004
You'll get the most bang for your entertainment buck by simply buying the soundtrack. A rental of the DVD is strictly optional.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Moira Sullivan
FilmFestivals.com
July 5, 2003
The relationship between Houston and Costner is mighty strange one, albeit profoundly problematic.
| Original Score: 2/5
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Janet Maslin
New York Times
May 20, 2003
Two long hours and 10 minutes after this tale begins, Rachel and Frank seem no closer than seatmates on a long bus trip.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
March 23, 2003
Should have been a perfect star vehicle for Whitney Houston, but the vehicle is a lemon.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Rob Vaux
Flipside Movie Emporium
August 30, 2002
Why can't the real Oscars be like this?
| Original Score: 1/5
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
August 22, 2002
Shows how our lives are often throttled by the emotions of fear and desire.
August 2, 2002
Who wouldn't want Kevin Costner as their bodyguard? And Whitney can sing!
| Original Score: 4/5
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