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Beautiful Boxer (2005)



Average Rating: 6.4/10
Critic Reviews: 14
Fresh: 9 | Rotten: 5

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Based on the true story of Thailand's famed transgender kickboxer, Beautiful Boxer is a poignant action drama that punches straight into the heart and mind of a boy who fights like a man so he can become a woman. Believing he's a girl trapped in a boy's body since childhood, Parinya Charoenphol sets out to master the most masculine and lethal sport of Thai boxing to earn a living and to achieve his ultimate goal of total femininity. Touching, funny and packed with breathtaking Thai kickboxing

Aug 9, 2005

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All Critics (41) | Top Critics (17) | Fresh (28) | Rotten (7) | DVD (2)

The cinematography tends toward cramped framing and busy composition but opens up nicely for the exciting fight sequences.

April 12, 2010 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
Chicago Reader
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The film earns points for avoiding buffoonery, but it plods along with few surprises or emotional flash points.

September 15, 2005 Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune | Comment (1)
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Manages to take a story that Jerry Springer would love and turn it into a sober and sensitive character study about identity and self-determination.

April 21, 2005 Full Review Source: Dallas Morning News
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You can't help but root for Asanee's troubled character, in and out of the ring.

February 25, 2005
New York Post
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Though a bit long and occasionally awkward, this drama ultimately does justice to its inspiration.

February 25, 2005 Full Review Source: New York Daily News
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A rare hybrid: an underdog sports picture that's also a transgender fairy tale.

February 24, 2005 Full Review Source: New York Times
New York Times
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a long, meandering accumulation of unnecessary detail, where any number of episodes might have "got the chop" with little damage to the overall integrity of the film.

July 2, 2007 Full Review Source: Eye for Film | Comment (1)
Eye for Film

An inspiring drama which, despite its uneven nature, still manages to pack a punch.

August 9, 2005 Full Review Source:

Beautiful Boxer: Boys Do Cry

July 3, 2005 Full Review Source: New York Theatre Wire

A rather sensitive and sweet biopic about a someone who believes he's unfairly trapped in a man's body, a body he can use to whale the tar out of his opponents.

May 12, 2005 Full Review
Capital Times (Madison, WI)

Made without much finesse and tends to lumber rather than soar, but still possesses a sweetness that's rather disarming.

April 26, 2005 Full Review Source: One Guy's Opinion
One Guy's Opinion

Star Asanee Suwan is tenderly moving as Toom, showing his struggle to find internal peace as he fights savagely to get it.

April 22, 2005 Full Review Source: Salt Lake Tribune
Salt Lake Tribune

At almost two hours, the film might have benefited from some tightening, but that's a minor complaint.

April 7, 2005

A basically lighthearted, sprightly film about this most singular of real-life characters.

March 24, 2005 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

Million Bhat Baby, anyone?

March 7, 2005 Full Review Source:

Heartfelt and spectacularly conceived, especially the exciting fight sequences and gorgeous production design.

February 25, 2005 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

... is a magical vision of the ring of the imagination, where anything is possible if the top of the seemingly impossible staircase of self acceptance can be reached.

February 24, 2005 Full Review Source: JWR

Though the plot itself is a little too familiar in structure -- triumph over adversity, yadda, yadda, yadda -- it's heartfelt and true and never sacrifices its characters on the altar of gimmickry.

February 18, 2005 Full Review Source: E! Online
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Audience Reviews for Beautiful Boxer

Incredible and extraordinary true story of a champion Thai boxer who underwent a sex change operation to become a beautiful woman.
October 25, 2006
Dean McKenna

Super Reviewer

Wonderful true story of a transgender thai boxing champion in search of his own identity. The movie follows the tender boy, who becomes a tough boxing champion, a national hero and then a beautiful woman. Though the editing is absolutely appalling and the low budget shows everywhere the movie still creates an amazing atmosphere and beautiful imagery. The story is told almost lyrically and with great emotional intensity. Very touching and inspiring film about being true to oneself.
December 26, 2008

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