Cardboard Boxer (2016)



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Academy Award nominees Thomas Haden Church and Terrence Howard star in this powerful tale of loss, redemption, and friendship. Church plays Willie, a good man living rough on the dangerous streets of Los Angeles' Skid Row, who finds himself coerced by two rich teenagers into fighting other homeless men for cash. Stuck in a violent world he doesn't fully understand, Willie finds solace when he discovers the discarded diary of a troubled young girl.

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Critic Reviews for Cardboard Boxer

All Critics (8) | Top Critics (4)

Delivering a fully committed, moving performance, Thomas Haden Church makes you pay attention to a figure you would otherwise pass by without a second thought.

Dec 11, 2016 | Full Review…

Gritty authenticity goes up against cloying pathos - with the latter unfortunately emerging victorious - in the skid row drama "Cardboard Boxer."

Sep 15, 2016 | Full Review…

Mr. Lee, straining, ends up delivering a sentimentalism that undermines Mr. Church's performance and this film's promise.

Sep 15, 2016 | Full Review…

By emphasizing the uglier aspects of his most complex character, Lee turns an otherwise down-to-earth slice-of-life drama into an unconvincing morality play.

Sep 14, 2016 | Full Review…

You should always be suspicious of homeless dramas that star Oscar-nominated Hollywood actors.

Sep 29, 2016 | Full Review…

Disparate elements aren't enough to render Cardboard Boxer two films in one, but one film with a decisive and deep schism within.

Sep 29, 2016 | Rating: 5.5/10 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Cardboard Boxer

An interesting, slow burner type of indie movie, detailing the plight of the homeless and the lengths they will go to in order to survive. Thomas Haden Church is superb in this.

Ian Walker
Ian Walker

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Well intentioned and perhaps overly so as it misses key elements to bring the story home. What remains is a sentimental piece that fails to manipulate genuine sentiment. It was nice seeing the more sordid parts of L.A. again.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

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