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Shadowboxer Reviews

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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.
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
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David Hiltbrand
Philadelphia Inquirer
July 20, 2006
A strident and shocking jumble.
| Original Score: 2/4
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
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+
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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
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
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Dennis Lim
Village Voice
July 18, 2006
It's hard to pinpoint the exact moment when it becomes clear that this lurid, steroidal neo-noir is certifiably insane (or at least a lot funnier than it means to be), but it's pretty early on.
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
July 20, 2006
Shadowboxer, a gaudy thriller saturated in sex and violence, is an extravagance that leaves you with your mouth hanging open -- partly in admiration of its audacity and partly in disbelief at its preposterousness.
| Original Score: 1.5/5
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
July 20, 2006
If only Shadowboxer had gone for more than an unwavering commitment to imitate better movies, it might have been one for the cult shelves at the video store. Right now, you'll be lucky if you find it in the giveaway bin.
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
July 21, 2006
Not only will you want to shower after seeing this repellent movie -- the Rose-Mikey sex scenes are especially icky -- you'll feel sorry for the cast.
| Original Score: 0/4
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
July 28, 2006
A ridiculous movie that starts off completely cracked and just gets crazier and crazier.
| Original Score: 1/4
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
July 28, 2006
The movie at heart is just a wallow in ugliness and unpleasantness in the service of nothing.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Bill Zwecker
Chicago Sun-Times
July 28, 2006
Daniels offers a lame attempt to do what Quentin Tarantino has frequently done better -- and with far more cinematic artistry.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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
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
Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews
July 27, 2006
A rubbernecker's movie....There's a new Zalman King in town, and his name is Lee Daniels.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
Ron Wilkinson
Monsters and Critics
July 21, 2006
Trained assassins do the right thing and rehash a very bad cliché at the same time.
| Original Score: 6/10
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Jessica Reaves
Chicago Tribune
July 27, 2006
Who says critics are useless? Now you don't have to see the movie, unless, of course, you derive some satisfaction/pleasure from graphic violence, unforgivably cliched scripts and/or repeated sightings of Gooding's bare bottom.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Jay Antani
Slant Magazine
July 20, 2006
After 90-odd minutes of bludgeoning us into open-jawed bafflement, Shadowboxer is best aborted, and flushed away as one of 2006's more unpleasant memories.
Full Review | Original Score: .5/4
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