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Shadowboxer Reviews

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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
Mike Ward
July 21, 2006
At worst, Lee Daniels is a poor man's Quentin Tarantino, both literally and figuratively. And that's not a bad thing; just ask Guy Ritchie.
Timothy Knight
July 21, 2006
This daring film may not completely hold together, but it has a bracing, off-kilter sensibility -- a mixture of mordant humor and melancholy -- that mostly compensates for the occasional lulls and clunky, obvious moments.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Top Critic
July 21, 2006
Billed as film noir, but because it lacks any subtlety and accentuates gratuitous violence that is more in-your-face than it is implied, the movie is about as noir-ish as Rocky.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
July 20, 2006
A layer cake of weird and wild images married to a plot that's lurid, ludicrous and bizarrely hypnotic.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Greg Burk
L.A. Weekly
July 20, 2006
This is a sick flick. Sick, but satisfying.
Top Critic
Robert Koehler
July 18, 2006
Shadowboxer admirably jostles and upends the fatigued killer-for-hire genre.
Harvey S. Karten
July 5, 2006
An envelope-pushing melodrama just this side of 'Pulp Fiction' parody.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Jules Brenner
Cinema Signals
March 5, 2006
"Mr. and Mrs. Smith" in an altered consciousness--one that'll bring arthouse habituees to attention, if not to their feet, out of respect for courage and originality.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
October 2, 2005
...never quite becomes anything more than a mildly diverting thriller...
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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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
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.
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
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
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
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