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Cutie And The Boxer (2013)



Critic Consensus: A beautifully-made documentary that explores the challenges and richness of both marriage and art through the lens of a fascinating and complex couple.

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Once a rising star in the '70's New York art scene, 80-year-old "boxing" painter Ushio Shinohara is prepping for his latest show, hoping to reinvigorate his career. His wife and de facto assistant, Noriko, seeks her own recognition through her "Cutie" illustrations, which depict their chaotic 40-year marriage. CUTIE AND THE BOXER captures two lives united by a dedication to art-making for a touching meditation on the eternal themes of love and sacrifice. (c) Radius-TWCmore
Rating: R (for nude art images)
Genre: Documentary, Special Interest
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In Theaters:
On DVD: Feb 4, 2014
Box Office: $0.2M
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Critic Reviews for Cutie And The Boxer

All Critics (72) | Top Critics (25)

It's a touching film and a fascinating glimpse into one of those couples you can't quite believe are still together.

Full Review… | October 29, 2013
Time Out
Top Critic

Cutie and the Boxer is an often quiet, almost fragile piece of cinema that presents us with a spiky and unglamorous relationship, still full of love. It's a beautiful and humane documentary.

Full Review… | May 14, 2014

An unexpected but fully welcome treat. It's a great look at how both relationships and the creative instinct evolve over a long time.

Full Review… | April 8, 2014
Movie Mezzanine

[Heinzerling's] languorous explorations of the couple's chaotic home find the details of their sexual and intellectual intimacy in the debris of their relationship, the collected treasures and half finished, discarded fragments of ideas.

Full Review… | March 6, 2014
Eye for Film

A sly, subversive portrait of an artist finally finding her voice... and the 'genius' husband in whose shadow she has long lingered.

Full Review… | February 26, 2014
Flick Filosopher

The film (cough) paints a compelling portrait of a true eccentric with a vast gulf between his dreams and his powers.

Full Review… | February 7, 2014
Daily Record (UK)

Audience Reviews for Cutie And The Boxer


This complex portrayal follows Ushio and Noriko Shinohara, a pair of artists living in New York and trying to make a living amongst their cultural history and likeminded approach to artistic expression. Ushio's work is culturally significant, to the point where he could be featured by the Guggenheim, and has retrospectives that are already thirty years old. In comparison is the couple's present, marked by an inability to pay their rent and keep their son sober. With a history of abuse and alcoholism their past is patterned with dispute, and yet they love each other despite these troubles. Noriko's work shows their history and her pain in such vivid detail, that it's featured in a gallery. This film is complex because their art almost always seeps into their personal lives, and much of their troubles stem from feeling inadequate and depressed. This film is beyond beautiful, thanks to stunning, beatific cinematography. It's edited with extreme care, pairing together animation, found footage, and new footage of the couple, obviously in love and yet apologetic of their past. This film not only examines the artwork of a lost genius, but a love that has withstood constant controversy.

Spencer S.

Super Reviewer


What first seems like a simple documentary turns out to be a complex and deeply sad portrait of an old couple of artists whose creative force derives from their many differences and conflicts together, with their art revealing a lot about their resentment and unhappiness.

Carlos Magalh„es

Super Reviewer

This film is so well-made that it hardly even feels like a documentary. This couple acts as if the camera is not even following them around. Following the life of two struggling artists who are a questionable couple from the beginning, is one of the strongest romances I have seen in a really long time. I know it is a documentary so the emotions are genuine, but that makes no difference to me, because watching two people with this much devotion, hatred, and love for their passions and each other was breathtaking. This picture gave me a whole new perspective on life. I highly recommend this film to any aspiring artists of any sort. Whether it be paintings, drawings, filmmaking, etc. "Cutie and the Boxer" is brilliant in it's show-don't-tell aspect. Portions of the film is told through her drawings and old footage of their lives has been archived into this film. I loved every second of this film. One of the best of 2013!

KJ Proulx
KJ Proulx

Super Reviewer

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