Shadowboxer 2005

Shadowboxer

Critics Consensus

With random characters and a preposterous plot, this bizarre thriller might leave you with your mouth hanging open in disbelief.

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38%

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Rose (Helen Mirren) is a highly efficient contract killer, and her stepson, Mikey (Cuba Gooding Jr.), shares her profession and her bed. Learning she has terminal cancer, she determines to carry out one last hit, but her plans go awry when she discovers her next target is her latest employer's (Stephen Dorff) pregnant wife (Vanessa Ferlito).

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Critic Reviews for Shadowboxer

All Critics (58) | Top Critics (23) | Fresh (11) | Rotten (47)

  • Aaron Spelling may be slapping his forehead, but a few cemetary plots over, 1950's melodrama king Douglas Sirk is smiling.

    February 1, 2009 | Rating: C | Full Review…
  • Thumbs down to a movie of such vile and violent temper.

    August 25, 2006 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…
  • Gosh, it's almost too bad/good to be true.

    August 25, 2006 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • The one thing I'll say about Shadowboxer is that it's never boring. Of course, I could also say that about stepping on crushed glass.

    August 7, 2006
  • It ... has an insistently fussy and grandiose production design that mistakes lavish textures, brilliant colors and exotic backdrops for story atmosphere and style.

    August 4, 2006 | Rating: 2/4
  • It tells a story that would fit perfectly in a standard Hollywood action thriller, but it tells it in the grammar and syntax of an art film. The two sensibilities make no sense together.

    August 3, 2006 | Rating: 2.5/5

Audience Reviews for Shadowboxer

  • Oct 02, 2011
    Two hired assassins help raise their mark's daughter while being pursued by her sociopath boyfriend. Lee Daniels's, the director behind <i>Precious</i>, debut is an attempt at a thriller, but it's in the guise of an art film with all of the pretension and none of the art. There are long sequences during which the actors emote and look vaguely troubled, and the stylized violence that is supposed to look cool, an imitation of Tarantino. Even the characters are reminiscent of Tarantino, and Daniels's addition is a unmentioned and unexplained mismatch of romantic couples. The 100-pound Joseph Gordon-Levitt is paired with the ... uh ... over-100-pound Mo'Nique, and the thirty-eight-year-old Cuba Gooding Jr is paired with sixty-one-year-old Helen Mirren. The latter match is explained by an odd step-Oedipal complex, but suffice it to say that I think these matches are Daniels's attempt at liberal multiculturalism, saying that love transcends looks, age, and race, but it all comes at the expense of verisimilitude. I did enjoy the performances in parts, especially by Stephen Dorff as the psycho boyfriend, but overall, there isn't much that could redeem this film.
    Jim H Super Reviewer
  • Jun 28, 2010
    this is interesting, could possibly be a lot better, like the liam neeson film taken it is entertaining with some stupid and silly moments, but always grabs you, it certainly wants to be serious, helen mirren whos always watchavble playing a top assassin, while acting like a grandmother, commands scren, while cuba gooding junior plays her sidekick, while stephen dorff, is embaressing as bad guy, entertaining though
    scott g Super Reviewer
  • Apr 21, 2010
    Omg...what the hell did I just watch? This movie is worthless and clearly without a doubt sucks. Not one of Lee Daniels best. If I were Daniels I'd be embarressed if given the oppertunity to direct this harmful, toxic waste of a picture.
    Brian R Super Reviewer
  • Feb 21, 2010
    A curiosity of a film by Lee Daniels sandwiched between producing MONSTERS BALL four years earlier and directing PRECIOUS four years later. Helen Mirren and Cuba Gooding Jr play mismatched stepmum & stepson lovers and contract killers, Mo'Nique and Joseph Gorden-Levitt play mis-matched lovers and squabblers, and Macy Gray plays being mighty cross when her best friend vanishes. You''ll either really enjoy this or think its a pile of tosh.
    Lesley N Super Reviewer

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