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: 31% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

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

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.

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Janet Maslin
New York Times

Two long hours and 10 minutes after this tale begins, Rachel and Frank seem no closer than seatmates on a long bus trip.

Tim Brayton
Alternate Ending

There's no unironic value to this.

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Brian Lowry

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

Desson Thomson
Washington Post

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.

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Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing

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.

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Time Out

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.

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Rita Kempley
Washington Post

[Costner] was probably more alive as the corpse in The Big Chill than he is here.

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Old fashioned star vehicle that makes no bones about manipulating its audience, but which does so with plenty of theatrical gusto.

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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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