Bodyguard: Season 1 Reviews

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May 18, 2020
Madden plays Budd like a time bomb poised to detonate, revealing a man scarred by his wartime experiences. Hawes is excellent as the hawkish politician and Mercurio keeps the twists coming through to the finale.
October 22, 2019
She's older, upper class, English, and female; he's younger, working class, Scottish, and male. There's 50 shades of "ma'am" in the way he addresses her.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
November 9, 2018
It's two things at once - the list of who did what and the reminder of what happened - and it feels nicely succinct. Like everything else about "Bodyguard," including its hero, the opening is taut.
October 31, 2018
It's a failed opportunity, and the result is a story that offers tantalizing threads of complexity, only to cut them all off right as they start combining into something truly innovative.
October 26, 2018
The series is ultimately Madden's, who handily proves he's capable of much, much more than brooding as King in the North.
October 26, 2018
It helps that Madden looks like an old-fashioned action hero, but can embody the ideals of one, too, albeit with conflict and angst that feel distinctly contemporary.
October 26, 2018
The way these stories zero in on the morally compromised institutions responsible for individual suffering screams 2018...[Bodyguard] subverts thriller tropes just often enough to earn its reliance on them.
October 26, 2018
Bodyguard is a perfectly calibrated thriller that cleverly builds up the tension so you're always questioning what you see and hear, puzzling over everyone's motivations and real loyalties, and to hook you from beginning to end.
October 26, 2018
Bodyguard remains a gripping and thoroughly entertaining adventure that's emotionally deft, but that clumsy ending dims its overall excellence.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
October 26, 2018
Those are minor gripes given the thrill factor and how easily Bodyguard grabs your attention and doesn't relinquish it.
October 26, 2018
As Budd, Richard Madden is astonishing. His sweet good looks could have worked against the gravity of his role, but instead they give his tortured psychology a sympathetic appeal.
October 25, 2018
Bodyguard is a tense, tightly plotted thrill ride that makes almost no false moves.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
October 24, 2018
To watch Bodyguard's six episodes is to suspend disbelief and submit to its surprises. It helps not to expect too much more than that, particularly when it comes to the show's lavish employment of archetypes.
October 24, 2018
One nagging plot hole doesn't detract from the momentum, and it's almost uncanny how deftly the series shifts the weight of the viewer's suspicions without coming off too tricksy. Good stuff.
October 24, 2018
It can also be a blast, if you're all about the mystery and the forward momentum and your requirements for plausibility and psychological realism aren't high.
October 24, 2018
Bodyguard is bloody brilliant from the get-go. And if you watch, pay close attention to the terrorist who is tackled. It will be important later.
October 24, 2018
Even when Bodyguard does get a bit over the top, that same British flair for understatement prevents it from feeling as ridiculous as it might in other hands.
October 23, 2018
This enthralling thriller series should come with warnings about how anxiety-inducing it is, as well as how much you'll now want Richard Madden to play James Bond.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
October 22, 2018
More concerned with being a good ride than exploring character or politics, the show is awash in a timely cynicism.
October 22, 2018
The action is well mounted and the tension tightly wound; it uncoils, when it does, with a satisfying snap.
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