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Based on 14 Reviews
critic reviews (10)
fan reviews ( 1 )
  • 10
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    What Lynch, who wrote the script at 19, sees as high drama is really high camp. And Fenn seems clueless on how to play her limbless character. show more

  • 25
    Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle

    Just awful. But uniquely awful -- awful in a way that might just attract a cult audience. [3 Sept 1993] show more

  • 50
    USA Today

    Even if the script delivered, the film would frankly be overwhelmed by the volume of noteriety that has attended it. [3 Sept 1993] show more

  • 75
    Gene Siskel Chicago Tribune

    Not as worthless as you may have heard. [10 Sept 1993] show more

  • 50
    James Berardinelli ReelViews

    Once it gets beyond a hard-to-swallow setup and into the meat of its story, Boxing Helena is surprisingly involving...The movie discloses its terms early, and expects the audience to buy into them, making no apologies for what it is or intends to be. show more

  • NA
    Rick Groen The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

    The whole mess turns nuttier by the second. A black comedy, you ask? I wish. There are plenty of laughs here, but nary a one is intentional. show more

  • 30
    TV Guide

    Lynch's fatal flaw is in her handling of the leads. Sands is made to play his single-minded romantic as a spineless, groveling wimp, while Helena is a one-note ice queen for more than half the movie, never reacting realistically to her predicament. The characters are so lacking in dimension and unsympathetic that it's hard to care about them or their story. show more

  • 30
    Austin Chronicle

    This film has all the pyschological depth of a wading pool. Anything you've imagined without seeing the movie is likely more interesting than what's here. show more

  • 42
    Owen Gleiberman Entertainment Weekly

    Soft-core trash with a tent-show hook. show more

  • 60
    Elvis Mitchell The New York Times

    Ultimately, Ms Lynch has nowhere to take her erotic parable except to a dead end, but she makes the unfolding of the story a spooky, engrossing process. [9 Sept 1993, p.C1] show more

  • October 08, 2008 Ups 010279
    Report This User

    Very freaky movie with a lot of darkness

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