The Bodyguard
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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 superstar Whitney Houston begins receiving death threats, she is compelled to hire a bodyguard. Enter Costner, who immediately incurs the wrath of Houston and her entourage by imposing prison-like security measures. An ex-Secret Service agent, Costner still hasn't purged himself of his guilt feelings over his inability to protect President Reagan from would-be… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 32%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The Bodyguard is an outrageous piece of saccharine kitsch -- or, at least, it might have been had the movie seemed fully awake."
‑ Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly
"Two long hours and 10 minutes after this tale begins, Rachel and Frank seem no closer than seatmates on a long bus trip."
‑ Janet Maslin, New York Times
"The premise is workable, but the movie is sabotaged by several elements, including the hot-and-cold dialogue, obvious red herrings, and a ludicrous climax centering on an assassination attempt at the Academy Awards ceremony."
‑ Matt Brunson, Creative Loafing
"A plotless and trashy romantic melodrama that, with th help of some melodic songs, became a popular hit and date movie."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Serviceable story with Houston making an impressive film debut."
‑ Michael A. Smith, Nolan's Pop Culture Review
"A jumbled mess, with a few enjoyable moments but little continuity or flow."
‑ Brian Lowry, Variety
"It's only a matter of time before love arises between Mr. Earphone and Ms. High Note. By that time, Bodyguard has slumped to the ground."
‑ Desson Thomson, Washington Post
"Old fashioned star vehicle that makes no bones about manipulating its audience, but which does so with plenty of theatrical gusto."
‑ , Film4
"Great Whitney Houston songs, mediocre love story."
‑ Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media
"hilarious camp artifact"
‑ Walter Chaw, Film Freak Central
"Lawrence Kasdan, it seems, mulled over the first draft of his screenplay twenty years ago; it should have been left to languish in development purgatory."
‑ , Time Out
"[Costner] was probably more alive as the corpse in The Big Chill than he is here."
‑ Rita Kempley, Washington Post
"A dreary, turgid melodrama featuring the much ballyhooed debut of pop diva Whitney Houston."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"[An] absurd piece of entertaining fluff."
‑ Barry McIlheney, Empire Magazine
"It's not that it's entirely bad. I liked some of the music and Whitney Houston's singing."
‑ John J. Puccio, Movie Metropolis
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