Bodyguard: Series 1 Reviews

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January 10, 2019
A taut limited series from the UK that will curl your hair; it is INTENSE. If you haven't seen it, hold a day to devote to six full length episodes on Netflix and expect to be deeply spooked.
December 14, 2018
The story takes wild, violent leaps amid myriad conspiracies, leading to a crazy, nail-biting climax that is both preposterous and wholly satisfying. Some binges feel like a slog. Bodyguard is more of a race, well worth the run.
December 14, 2018
The intense BBC drama didn't disappoint as it went out all guns blazing.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
December 14, 2018
This has been a brilliant, compulsive, five-star mind trip of a series.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
November 16, 2018
Pure, can't-take-your-eyes away entertainment that's bound to have you saying "just one more episode before bed." This is sterling television, a well-crafted crime thriller, which is what the BBC does best.
November 9, 2018
It's two things at once - the list of who did what and the reminder of what happened - and it feels nicely succinct. Like everything else about "Bodyguard," including its hero, the opening is taut.
November 7, 2018
It's had a tremendous critical reception... and virtually everyone who's mentioned it to me says it's brilliant. The opening definitely was; the rest of the episode wasn't quite at that level.
November 6, 2018
The denouement is far too wordy and protracted, albeit peppered with some genuinely nail-biting moments. The show has earned your patience by this point, though, so you will gladly watch to the end.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
November 5, 2018
Suspenseful political crime show is smart but violent.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
November 2, 2018
In only six chapters, this British series is capable of enthusing you, engaging you and then shortly after, turning into a light disappointment. [Full Review in Spanish]
November 2, 2018
A shot of adrenaline. A reminder of how engaging and engrossing the medium of telly can be.
November 1, 2018
The world of Bodyguard is all cynical shades of gray, where the best you can hope for is just to survive.
October 31, 2018
After watching the entire series in one six-hour sitting, I get it. It made my heart race. It made me sweaty. I felt at times flush and lightheaded. And that was just Keeley Hawes.
October 26, 2018
As Budd, Richard Madden is astonishing. His sweet good looks could have worked against the gravity of his role, but instead they give his tortured psychology a sympathetic appeal.
October 25, 2018
Bodyguard is a perfectly calibrated thriller that cleverly builds up the tension so you're always questioning what you see and hear, puzzling over everyone's motivations and real loyalties, and to hook you from beginning to end.
October 25, 2018
Those are minor gripes given the thrill factor and how easily Bodyguard grabs your attention and doesn't relinquish it.
October 25, 2018
The series is ultimately Madden's, who handily proves he's capable of much, much more than brooding as King in the North.
October 25, 2018
The way these stories zero in on the morally compromised institutions responsible for individual suffering screams 2018...[Bodyguard] subverts thriller tropes just often enough to earn its reliance on them.
October 25, 2018
It helps that Madden looks like an old-fashioned action hero, but can embody the ideals of one, too, albeit with conflict and angst that feel distinctly contemporary.
October 25, 2018
Bodyguard remains a gripping and thoroughly entertaining adventure that's emotionally deft, but that clumsy ending dims its overall excellence.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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