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Guarding Tess Reviews

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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

TV Guide
September 19, 2008
Competently executed and entertaining, chiefly due to the first-rate performances of stars Cage and MacLaine.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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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.

September 19, 2008
Straightforward but enjoyable comedy that sees Cage and MacLaine going at it hammer and tongs -- although not in that sense.
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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.
James Sanford
Kalamazoo Gazette
March 19, 2004
A fun idea, blandly executed
| Original Score: 2/5
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
July 18, 2003
Speaks to the universal human yearning for someone to watch over us.
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
June 16, 2003
So-so sitcom-like star comedy.
| Original Score: 3/5
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Janet Maslin
New York Times
May 20, 2003
Mr. Cage, once again sounding mock-suave and Elvisy, makes the most of his character's fragile cool.
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
Bob Bloom
Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
February 14, 2003
They should have pulled her detail.
| Original Score: 1/5
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
Kevin N. Laforest
Montreal Film Journal
September 10, 2002
When you get down to it, this film ain't much more than a corny melodrama. Still, it's a really involving, deeply sweet film that just makes you feel good.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Mike McGranaghan
Aisle Seat
August 15, 2002
I was on set the day they filmed the opera scene.
| Original Score: 3/5
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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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
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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
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Richard Harrington
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
Like the role itself, Cage is clearly in service here to a fabled but fading star, and he seldom slips on that second banana.
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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.
Hollis Chacona
Austin Chronicle
January 1, 2000
There are lots of laughs in this picture, and though at one point he teeters perilously on the brink of mush and gush, Wilson manages to regain his gently caustic comic footing.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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