Cutie And The Boxer


Cutie And The Boxer

Critics 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-TWC

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All Critics (74) | Top Critics (29)

  • The couple are thriving, but, given what we learn about Alex, the up-beat ending jars.

    Nov 1, 2013 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • This doc about a bickering husband-and-wife artist team feels like its drama has been forced by the filmmakers.

    Oct 31, 2013 | Rating: 2/5
  • Bohemianism and marriage are both for life in this alternately rueful and whimsical documentary about expat Japanese artist couple Ushio and Noriko Shinohara.

    Oct 31, 2013 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

    Phil Hoad

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

    Oct 29, 2013 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

    Cath Clarke

    Time Out
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  • A painful, powerful portrait of the struggle and sacrifice required to create, and the cost that it can demand.

    Oct 3, 2013 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • The story of an extraordinary marriage between two people bound together by their artistic impulse.

    Sep 26, 2013 | Rating: 3.5/4

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