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Based on 14 Reviews
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  • 50
    Susan Wloszczyna USA Today

    Director Hugh Wilson and co-writer Peter Torokvei allow this Driving Miss Daisy with attitude to fully steep, like a cup of fine tea spiked with lemon. [11Mar1994 Pg. 01.D] show more

  • 88
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    MacLaine and Cage are really very good here. show more

  • 75
    TV Guide

    In its small way, however, it succeeds, thanks to director Hugh Wilson's light touch and the chemistry between leads Shirley MacLaine and Nicolas Cage. show more

  • 50
    James Berardinelli ReelViews

    Despite a slow start, the movie eventually slips into a congenial flow. Unfortunately, Guarding Tess ends up derailing because of a ill-conceived ending that has something to do with a silly kidnapping subplot. show more

  • 40

    It is, in fact, far from funny, although at moments it does touch upon amusing. show more

  • 67
    Austin Chronicle

    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. show more

  • 83
    Lisa Schwarzbaum Entertainment Weekly

    There are no big thrills, only gentle laughs in this light story by Hugh Wilson and Peter Torokvei (Wilson also directed). show more

  • 70
    Kenneth Turan Los Angeles Times

    While it's understandable that it was thought that Tess needed something more, that it couldn't go on merely being clever and fragile, this solution goes too far in the opposite direction. [11Mar1994 Pg. F9] show more

  • 70
    Desson Thomson Washington Post

    What counts is the comic tension between MacLaine and Cage. It's so well done, it doesn't matter how dumb things get. show more

  • 60
    Washington Post

    All of the supporting characters -- notably tubby Richard Griffiths as Tess's nurse and mousy Austin Pendleton as her chauffeur -- are thinly drawn, but neither MacLaine nor Cage leaves much room for anyone to overact. show more

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