Cutie And The Boxer Reviews

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Sophie Monks Kaufman
Little White Lies
October 31, 2013
This doc about a bickering husband-and-wife artist team feels like its drama has been forced by the filmmakers.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Andrea Gronvall
Chicago Reader
September 19, 2013
Intriguing as their present lives may be, without enough background to appreciate, for instance, Ushio's associations with Rauschenberg and Warhol, we can't gauge the full extent of the couple's regrets and losses.
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
August 23, 2013
Their 40-year marriage seems like more of a trial than this overweening, lightly likable movie acknowledges.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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
Rebecca Jacobson
Willamette Week
December 30, 2013
It's a deeply affecting yet keen-eyed portrait of the struggles of art, love and life.
Jamie S. Rich
Oregonian
September 24, 2013
The takeaway from the bickering and paint splatter is that the couple's feisty commitment to one another is an art unto itself.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Greg Evans
Bloomberg News
August 16, 2013
Art and boxing make powerful metaphors -- for marriage and maybe life -- in Zachary Heinzerling's captivating documentary "Cutie and the Boxer."
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
Phil Hoad
Guardian
October 31, 2013
Bohemianism and marriage are both for life in this alternately rueful and whimsical documentary about expat Japanese artist couple Ushio and Noriko Shinohara.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Farran Smith Nehme
New York Post
August 16, 2013
All that footage has been organized into a compact, graceful story arc.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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
Cameron Williams
The Popcorn Junkie
June 26, 2013
Love is a battlefield, but it's a war worth fighting for in this fantastic doco
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
November 1, 2013
An equally heartwarming and heartbreaking film about art, marriage and old age.
Top Critic
August 15, 2013
Though Noriko describes their relationship as being like "two flowers in one pot," with only enough room for one of them to blossom as an artist, the truth seems to be sadder, less romantic, and more relatable.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Roger Moore
Tribune News Service
August 22, 2013
A long-running, barely functioning marriage, starving artists and the whole "Emperor's New Clothes" nature of the New York art scene, all in one film
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Sam Adams
Time Out
August 13, 2013
Except for the fact that one of them makes a living by slamming paint-dipped boxing gloves into canvas, Ushio and Noriko Shinohara could be any elderly couple-which is how documentarian Zachary Heinzerling treats them.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
August 15, 2013
Viewed in its entirety, "Cutie and the Boxer" is more than a great documentary. It's a great film.
Simon Kinnear
Total Film
October 28, 2013
The simple approach teases fascinating parallels between art and marriage: essential to both, it seems, are a thick skin and an optimism verging on madness.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Jordan Hoffman
Film.com
April 24, 2013
A great triumph that refuses to color within typical emotional lines.
Full Review | Original Score: 9.5/10
Tim Grierson
Screen International
July 24, 2013
An affectionate portrait of a long marriage that doubles as a trenchant examination of the realities facing the working artist, Cutie And The Boxer is equally inspiring, funny and wise.
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