The Boxer Reviews

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May 14, 2013
In each film he makes, Day-Lewis seems to adopt a new persona.
May 14, 2013
Day-Lewis has the ability to make the will to nonviolence look positively volcanic. And Watson, with her 200-watt incandescence, makes longing look radiant.
May 14, 2013
If The Boxer doesn't quite score a knockout, that's because of such flaws as the too-sketchy development of the character of Maggie's son, who turns out to be pivotal. But the movie carries the day by aiming its strongest punches straight at the heart.
May 14, 2013
With Watson and Day-Lewis you can almost feel the heat, and their situation never feels contrived or artificial.
May 14, 2013
The critic dutifully tabulated each blunt plot point, each refried cliche.. And yet, when Danny's nemesis did something monstrously rotten, the critic was so enraged by the dastardly act that he had to stop himself from spitting his candy.
May 14, 2013
Though we've seen this unquiet terrain before, this new film about boxing, star-crossed lovers and the Irish Republican Army temporarily gives us fresh eyes.
March 12, 2019
It is well acted and directed... It's just the script that could have been a little more memorable.
May 14, 2013
What makes The Boxer as potent as it is are the performances, especially Daniel Day-Lewis' contained powerhouse. His Danny is a closed-off man, shadowboxing with his private demons, who comes painfully, but gloriously, back to life.
May 14, 2013
An intelligent, provocative piece of cinema, with something quite bold to say in the Irish context.
May 14, 2013
A knock-out performance by Daniel Day-Lewis is the highlight of this admirable if rather conventional drama.
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