The Boxer Reviews

May 14, 2013
We never figure out, though, what drives Day-Lewis' Danny. We just take it on faith that he's stubborn and sick of violence. The filmmakers don't help much, offering just a twist on the star-crossed lovers story, mixed with standard boxing melodrama.
May 14, 2013
In this dull film, poignant characters caught up in histrionics flail with one glove, while much emotional shadowboxing is done with the other.
May 14, 2013
The screenplay of The Boxer spends too much time and energy setting up the basic situations of its plot, then does a spotty job of blending the material's personal and political aspects.
May 14, 2013
Despite its strengths, romantic staying power and a surprise ending, The Boxer has begun to lose the fight as the movie ends.
May 14, 2013
The screenplay of this 1997 feature, written by Sheridan and Terry George, demonizes one man to make some obvious points and allows Day-Lewis and Watson to talk up their characters' 14-year history more than demonstrate it.
January 3, 2007
It's laden with such a heavy air of portentousness that it's difficult to become absorbed by the story.
July 3, 2005
January 13, 2004
Even with a predictably strong performance from Day-Lewis, who once again immerses body and soul into his role, the film is a letdown.
May 20, 2003
January 10, 2003
The gravity of this environment, though, unfortunately highlights the insipidity and artificiality of Sheridan and George's screenplay.
April 12, 2002
There is little chance for the movie's talented stars, Day Lewis and Emily Watson to establish and develop their characters, beyond their set-piece declarations of love.
February 14, 2001
In the end, as one unconvincing plot twist follows another, The Boxer can't sustain the initial interest it aroused.
January 1, 2001
The characters were sullen and taciturn. When they did speak, they didn't reveal anything useful.
January 1, 2000
Most disappointing is the fact that the movie ends so abruptly that you can't help wondering what the whole story amounts to, moving as it is.