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Based on 25 Reviews
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  • 75
    Walter Addiego San Francisco Chronicle

    This elegant movie never reduces or diminishes its subjects, and leaves us to ponder a remarkable truth - that Ushio and Noriko have an abiding love that four decades of frustration, resentment and rivalry have battered but not extinguished. show more

  • 100
    Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal

    Zachary Heinzerling's feature-length documentary gathers force slowly, but with such wisdom and calm mastery that I found myself stunned, toward the end, by the beautiful vastness of it all. show more

  • 60
    Joe Neumaier New York Daily News

    Watching Ushio Shinohara and his wife Noriko make their art, we’re reminded of how much life is inside even the most abstract of pieces. show more

  • 90
    James Greenberg The Hollywood Reporter

    Because Cutie and Boxer resists easy sentimentality, its view of life and love is all the more powerful. show more

  • 95
    Jordan Hoffman

    The emotions the Shinoharas’ story inspire are all over the road. It is at times triumphant and warm, then sad and even enraging. show more

  • 88
    Rene Rodriguez Miami Herald

    This remarkable documentary argues that art can also be the glue that binds disparate souls. show more

  • 88
    Farran Smith Nehme New York Post

    The friction between a couple of still-struggling artists sounds rather depressing, but in fact the film is often funny; it shows that love is present in even the couple’s harshest exchanges. show more

  • 75
    Peter Keough Boston Globe

    In this alternately whimsical and grim documentary, Zachary Heinzerling relates the couple’s down-and-out, inspiring saga, which slyly comments on the evolution and ironies of the past half century in contemporary art. show more

  • 75
    Chris Cabin Slant Magazine

    Funny, moving, honest, and occasionally inspiring, but as a portrait of a talent emerging from the shadow of a more public talent, the scale of the shadow is curiously omitted. show more

  • 80
    Bill Goodykoontz Arizona Republic

    The love the two have for each other, particularly she for him, is obvious and moving. So, too, is not just the desire to create, but the need to. show more

  • January 20, 2014 Beverly Moravsky
    Report This User

    I saw this at the Sarasota FL film festival and loved it. Heartwarming

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