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Cutie And The Boxer Reviews

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Sophie Monks Kaufman
Little White Lies

This doc about a bickering husband-and-wife artist team feels like its drama has been forced by the filmmakers.

Full Review Source: Little White Lies | Original Score: 2/5

October 31, 2013
Andrea Gronvall
Chicago Reader
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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.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

September 19, 2013
Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
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Their 40-year marriage seems like more of a trial than this overweening, lightly likable movie acknowledges.

Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor | Original Score: C+

August 23, 2013
Dan Schindel
Movie Mezzanine

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 Source: Movie Mezzanine | Original Score: B

April 8, 2014
Rebecca Jacobson
Willamette Week

It's a deeply affecting yet keen-eyed portrait of the struggles of art, love and life.

Full Review Source: Willamette Week

December 30, 2013
Jamie S. Rich
Oregonian

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 Source: Oregonian | Original Score: 3.5/5

September 24, 2013
Greg Evans
Bloomberg News

Art and boxing make powerful metaphors -- for marriage and maybe life -- in Zachary Heinzerling's captivating documentary "Cutie and the Boxer."

Full Review Source: Bloomberg News

August 16, 2013
Glenn Sumi
NOW Toronto

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 Source: NOW Toronto | Original Score: 5/5

December 30, 2013
Phil Hoad
Guardian

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 Source: Guardian | Original Score: 4/5

October 31, 2013
Farran Smith Nehme
New York Post
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All that footage has been organized into a compact, graceful story arc.

Full Review Source: New York Post | Original Score: 3.5/4

August 16, 2013
Donald Clarke
Irish Times

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 Source: Irish Times | Original Score: 3/5

November 1, 2013
Cameron Williams
The Popcorn Junkie

Love is a battlefield, but it's a war worth fighting for in this fantastic doco

Full Review Source: The Popcorn Junkie | Original Score: 4.5/5

June 26, 2013

An equally heartwarming and heartbreaking film about art, marriage and old age.

Full Review Source: Film4

November 1, 2013
Ignatiy Vishnevetsky
AV Club
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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 Source: AV Club | Original Score: B-

August 15, 2013
Roger Moore
McClatchy-Tribune News Service

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 Source: McClatchy-Tribune News Service | Original Score: 3/4

August 22, 2013
Sam Adams
Time Out New York
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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 Source: Time Out New York | Original Score: 4/5

August 13, 2013
Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
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Viewed in its entirety, "Cutie and the Boxer" is more than a great documentary. It's a great film.

Full Review Source: Wall Street Journal

August 15, 2013
Simon Kinnear
Total Film

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 Source: Total Film | Original Score: 4/5

October 28, 2013
Jordan Hoffman
Film.com
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A great triumph that refuses to color within typical emotional lines.

Full Review Source: Film.com | Original Score: 9.5/10

April 24, 2013
Tim Grierson
Screen International

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.

Full Review Source: Screen International

July 24, 2013
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