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Shadowboxer Reviews

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Top Critic
Amy Nicholson
I.E. Weekly
February 1, 2009
Aaron Spelling may be slapping his forehead, but a few cemetary plots over, 1950's melodrama king Douglas Sirk is smiling.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Michael Dequina
TheMovieReport.com
August 26, 2007
The raw materials for a gutsy, gritty, fearless, fascinating thriller are here, but they amount to some intriguing individual parts and not a satisfying, cohesive whole.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Kam Williams
Ban the N-Word
July 14, 2007
This cat-and-mouse caper's Swiss cheese plotline is riddled with too many holes to consider this flick as much more than a snuff film.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Daniel Eagan
Film Journal International
March 1, 2007
Despite assembling a talented cast and crew, Daniels is stymied here by a script that takes itself far too seriously.
Andrea Chase
Killer Movie Reviews
December 30, 2006
That most wonderful of films, the kind that works on every level, but can't be easily pigeonholed.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Evan Henerson
Los Angeles Daily News
December 30, 2006
Mirren and Gooding are interesting -- and sexy -- to watch together. Once she leaves the film, the picture loses a bit of its uniqueness.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
David Cornelius
eFilmCritic.com
November 4, 2006
The script can't quite get a grasp on character depth, yet it also can't quite deliver the cheap thrills such a trashy tale might otherwise provide.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Angela Baldassarre
Sympatico.ca
September 2, 2006
"Shadowboxer" is supposed to be concerned with how parents' lifestyles can be passed down to their children, but that is too simplistic here. The film, instead, is more a showcase of naked bodies, gory scenarios and over-the-top performances.
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
August 25, 2006
Thumbs down to a movie of such vile and violent temper.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Jane Stevenson
Jam! Movies
August 25, 2006
It's all so cliched in terms of personalities and full of such unbelievable situations that it's often downright laughable. And not in a good way.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
August 25, 2006
Gosh, it's almost too bad/good to be true.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Brian Clark
Austin Chronicle
August 19, 2006
There's no glee here, just a handful of glum characters stuck in an unending cycle of sex, violence, and heavy-handed preaching.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
August 7, 2006
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.
Luke Y. Thompson
New Times
August 6, 2006
Much of the movie is just too unintentionally goofy to take at face value
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion
August 5, 2006
The title [is] an apt metaphor for the movie, which ultimately bobs and weaves a lot but ends up all empty air.
Full Review | Original Score: D
Brian Orndorf
FilmJerk.com
August 4, 2006
Daniels know his way around making the viewer uncomfortable, but there's a fine line between genuine, pants-tickling eroticism and 'I can't believe I'm watching this surrounded by strangers' soft-core porn.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
August 4, 2006
The casting seems to be an attempt to manufacture interesting characters, instead of depending on the script to do that.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
August 4, 2006
Should you go? Not in public. But with a group of like-minded friends and the DVD, there might be circumstances under which you'd find it hilarious.
| Original Score: 1/4
Top Critic
Tom Keogh
Seattle Times
August 4, 2006
It ... has an insistently fussy and grandiose production design that mistakes lavish textures, brilliant colors and exotic backdrops for story atmosphere and style.
| Original Score: 2/4
Lawrence Toppman
Charlotte Observer
August 4, 2006
I'd sooner sit through 32 hours of Congressional committee testimony about imported yarn than watch Shadowboxer again.
| Original Score: 1/4
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