The Bodyguard
The Bodyguard (1992)

Lawrence Kasdan originally wrote his script for The Bodyguard in the late 1960s as a vehicle for Steve McQueen; by the time it reached the screen, Kasdan's star was another movie hearthrob, Kevin Costner. When imperious musical… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: November 25, 1992
DVD Release Date: April 18, 2006
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Critic Score: 34% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: The Bodyguard is a cheesy, melodramatic potboiler with occasional moments of electricity from Whitney Houston.

Peter Rainer
Los Angeles Times

Just about everything that can go wrong with this film does, and yet it's compulsively watchable. (So is a train wreck.)

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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly

The Bodyguard is an outrageous piece of saccharine kitsch -- or, at least, it might have been had the movie seemed fully awake.

Eddie Harrison
film-authority.com

...doesn't do well with plot, but the atmosphere is good, with Houston and Costner undeniably having the super-glam looks for this...

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Anne Cohen
Refinery29

Houston's face, as she loses herself in the melody out there on a quiet porch in the woods, is a reminder of all she gave to this role, and this movie - and why it's always worth rewatching.

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Brian Lowry
Variety

A jumbled mess, with a few enjoyable moments but little continuity or flow.

Duane Dudek
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

There is no archetype so wooden or narrative so predictable that it can't be improved upon by a sense of style. But director Mick Jackson merely moves the pieces in a static and linear way toward a stalemate.

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David Ansen
Newsweek

if you can overlook the obvious flaws--a bumpy beginning, a villain whose motive is both too obvious and hard to swallow--The Bodyguard has its flashy, shallow pleasures. There's some wit in Kasdan's script, and dread in the Oscar-ceremony climax.

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Barry McIlheney
Empire Magazine

[An] absurd piece of entertaining fluff.

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Sue Heal
Radio Times

Costner is a trifle stern, but Houston makes a very creditable acting debut, and the result is great fun.

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Flixster Audience Score: 64% Flixster User Reviews
Bethany Murphy
A great film. Costner makes an excellent bodyguard and Houston's singing voice just blows you away everytime. The soundtrack is just as good as the film.
Tim Salmons
A terrible movie with a successful soundtrack.
Christopher Alcock
Kevin Costner stars as an ex Secret Service, turned Bodyguard who is billed as the best there is. Hired by Rachel Marron, a famous singer (played by Whitney… More
Wahida K
Great Classic.
Cassie Hill
This movie is in my opinion one of the greatest love stories of all time. The soundtrack and Kevin Costner and Whitney Houston make this movie one of my… More
Lady D'arbanville
In Kevin Costner's acting Hey day and Whitney Houston was still a name we heard regularly, this corny, yet unique storyline emerged onto our screens with… More

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