The Bodyguard Reviews

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March 1, 2012
Old fashioned star vehicle that makes no bones about manipulating its audience, but which does so with plenty of theatrical gusto.
Sandie Angulo Chen
Common Sense Media
December 31, 2010
Great Whitney Houston songs, mediocre love story.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Barry McIlheney
Empire Magazine
April 1, 2006
[An] absurd piece of entertaining fluff.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Michael A. Smith
Nolan's Pop Culture Review
April 29, 2005
Serviceable story with Houston making an impressive film debut.
| Original Score: 3/5
Mike McGranaghan
Aisle Seat
February 2, 2005
| Original Score: 3/5
Michael Dequina
December 28, 2004
The thriller aspect of The Bodyguard works, but the romance does not.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Jules Brenner
Cinema Signals
May 2, 2004
| Original Score: 4/5
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
Dragan Antulov
January 29, 2002
Much better than its initial reputation.
| Original Score: 6/10
Top Critic
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
The movie does contain a love story, but it's the kind of guarded passion that grows between two people who spend a lot of time keeping their priorities straight.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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

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
Top Critic
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
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
Top Critic
Brian Lowry
July 22, 2008
A jumbled mess, with a few enjoyable moments but little continuity or flow.
Cole Smithey
March 8, 2008
| Original Score: 2/5
Top Critic

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.
Nicolas Lacroix
July 4, 2005
| Original Score: 1/5
Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central
February 22, 2005
hilarious camp artifact
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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