Guarding Tess Reviews

June 6, 2018
Maclaine's performance as Tess Carlisle, which shifts from polite witchiness to lonely, mildly boozy poignancy, adds up to the only real reason to see this potentially funny and revealing, but actually rather humdrum duodrama.
December 8, 2017
Too often Guarding Tess feels like a sketch towards a movie.
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.
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.
June 24, 2006
Cage is on best behaviour here, but he's not an especially sympathetic performer.
February 18, 2005
November 19, 2004
March 19, 2004
A fun idea, blandly executed
December 2, 2003
July 20, 2003
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.
February 14, 2003
They should have pulled her detail.
July 26, 2002
Comedically challenged piffle. This one hardly even seems to be trying.
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.
January 1, 2000
It's just two pleasant, well-acted characters with nothing to do.