Cutie And The Boxer Reviews

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Richard Haridy
Quickflix
May 14, 2014
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 | Original Score: 4/5
Dan Schindel
Movie Mezzanine
April 8, 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 | Original Score: B
Jennie Kermode
Eye for Film
March 6, 2014
[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 | Original Score: 4/5
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher
February 26, 2014
A sly, subversive portrait of an artist finally finding her voice... and the 'genius' husband in whose shadow she has long lingered.
David Edwards
Daily Record [UK]
February 7, 2014
The film (cough) paints a compelling portrait of a true eccentric with a vast gulf between his dreams and his powers.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Rich Cline
Contactmusic.com
February 7, 2014
Noticed by Oscar voters, this offbeat documentary explores the life of two colourful artists who have an unusual marriage.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Kam Williams
Baret News
January 19, 2014
Bifurcated biopic about a long-suffering wife who, against her better judgment, put her own career aspirations on hold for decades for the sake of an abusive, alcoholic artist who took her for granted.
| Original Score: 4/4
Sean Means
Salt Lake Tribune
December 30, 2013
The resulting portrait, of a marriage enduring through change, is funny and touching.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
December 30, 2013
The only way you'll get a more intimate view of a marriage than the one in Cutie and the Boxer is if you're in it and maybe not even then.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Glenn Sumi
NOW Toronto
December 30, 2013
There are plenty of eccentric couples in the art world, but few compare to Ushio and Noriko Shinohara, the fascinating pair at the centre of Cutie And The Boxer.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Rebecca Jacobson
Willamette Week
December 30, 2013
It's a deeply affecting yet keen-eyed portrait of the struggles of art, love and life.
Katherine Monk
Canada.com
December 30, 2013
Focused on the nitty-gritty reality of the creative life, as well as the people it holds captive and tortures, Cutie and the Boxer offers unprecedented insight into what makes an artist an artist.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Geoffrey Macnab
Independent
December 30, 2013
This charming feature doc offers an anatomy of a marriage.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
December 16, 2013
The viewer begins to wonder if this is a love story or a hate story -- or if there's a difference
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Catherine Shoard
Observer [UK]
November 4, 2013
This works best as a portrait of a marriage, as Ushio and nimble wife Noriko rattle around their dank flat trying to keep the love strong as the water drips and the bailiffs thump.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Donald Clarke
Irish Times
November 1, 2013
For all its miseries, Cutie and the Boxer - interweaving archive footage with contemporary discontents - ends up arguing strongly for the power of love.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
David Parkinson
Radio Times
November 1, 2013
Alternating between intimacy and intrusion, this is a revealing, affectionate and occasionally charming insight into a creative partnership.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Charlotte O'Sullivan
This is London
November 1, 2013
The couple are thriving, but, given what we learn about Alex, the up-beat ending jars.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
November 1, 2013
An equally heartwarming and heartbreaking film about art, marriage and old age.
Matthew Turner
ViewLondon
October 31, 2013
Engaging, fly-on-the-wall documentary that paints an intriguing portrait of the artistic process and offers a fascinating glimpse into the workings of a 40 year old marriage, with all its attendant ups and downs.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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