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Guarding Tess Reviews

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James Berardinelli
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
Scott Weinberg
July 26, 2002
Comedically challenged piffle. This one hardly even seems to be trying.
| Original Score: 1.5/5
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Derek Adams
Time Out
June 24, 2006
Cage is on best behaviour here, but he's not an especially sympathetic performer.
Bob Bloom
Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
February 14, 2003
They should have pulled her detail.
| Original Score: 1/5
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews
November 19, 2004
| Original Score: 2/5
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Leonard Klady
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.
Shellie Iliff
Palo Alto Weekly
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
Nicolas Lacroix
December 2, 2003
| Original Score: 2/5
Todd Jorgenson
Denton Record-Chronicle
February 18, 2005
| Original Score: 2/5
Scott Renshaw
January 1, 2000
It's just two pleasant, well-acted characters with nothing to do.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central
July 20, 2003
| Original Score: 1/5
James Sanford
Kalamazoo Gazette
March 19, 2004
A fun idea, blandly executed
| Original Score: 2/5
Emanuel Levy
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
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
MacLaine and Cage are really very good here.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
James Rocchi
November 7, 2002
A chance to watch two great actors shine in rich, funny, real roles.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Cole Smithey
November 7, 2005
| Original Score: 3/5
Brent Simon
Entertainment Today
August 26, 2002
| Original Score: 3/5
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
July 18, 2003
Speaks to the universal human yearning for someone to watch over us.
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
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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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
September 7, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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