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  • Summary: Shirley MacLaine and Nicolas Cage star in this comic, compassionate look at life after the White House for two former Washington insiders: First Lady Tess Carlisle and Secret Service agent Doug Chesnic. (Sony Pictures)
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 14
  2. Negative: 2 out of 14
  1. 88
    MacLaine and Cage are really very good here.
  2. There are no big thrills, only gentle laughs in this light story by Hugh Wilson and Peter Torokvei (Wilson also directed).
  3. Reviewed by: Staff(not credited)
    75
    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.
  4. 50
    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]
  5. 50
    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.
  6. Reviewed by: Leonard Kelly
    50
    Comedy, pathos and thrills alternately collide, creating problems in both pacing and developing a consistent tone.
  7. Reviewed by: Terrence Rafferty
    10
    It's a dull, poky picture, which provides an unwelcome showcase for MacLaine's increasingly insufferable cute-gorgon shtick and no showcase at all for Cage's tremendous comic talents.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 1
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 1
  3. Negative: 0 out of 1
  1. StephenN
    Aug 30, 2009
    8
    This movie is just nice and comfortable. Put it in the dvd, make some popcorn and you will be entertained and even modestly uplifted. Yes, a This movie is just nice and comfortable. Put it in the dvd, make some popcorn and you will be entertained and even modestly uplifted. Yes, a little overacted but well done overacting. Formulaic to some extent but again everyone does their acting jobs so well you won't mind. No one is truly unbelievable. Something had to happen at the end and so maybe that is a little far fetched but maybe not. Movies are fantasy and entertainment. Expand

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