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Guarding Tess

Rated PG-13 for some language.

PG-13 In Theaters 05/1/1994 , 95min.
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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. Full Review
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. Full Review
Elvis Mitchell
The New York Times
Having introduced the two principals and had some fun with their antagonism, the film has nowhere to go. Full Review
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. Full Review
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] Full Review

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