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Based on 15 Reviews
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fan reviews ( 0 )
  • 25
    Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle

    There's no satisfaction and no pleasure to be gained by sitting through it. The characters are ludicrous and, worse than that, boring. And this is despite all the lead actors doing the best they can. show more

  • 50
    David Hiltbrand Philadelphia Inquirer

    A strident and shocking jumble, Shadowboxer suggests what you might come up with if you decided to inject John Huston's dark 1985 film, "Prizzi's Honor," with Oedipal overtones. show more

  • 38
    Elizabeth Weitzman New York Daily News

    If he earns no other accolades for his directorial debut - a distinct likelihood - Lee Daniels deserves some kind of award just for assembling the most bizarrely random cast of this young century. show more

  • 40
    Michael Rechtshaffen The Hollywood Reporter

    In this lukewarm climate of pointless remakes and uninspired sequels there's always welcome room for a film that wants to push the envelope, Shadowboxer merely crams it with a lot of nonsense. show more

  • 63
    Maitland McDonagh TV Guide

    Despite the edifying square-up -- moral lessons about family, the legacy of violence and the tenacious power of love -- the appeal is freak-show all the way. show more

  • 38
    Chicago Tribune

    Gruesome and supremely disjointed foray into the world of hired assassins. show more

  • NA
    Lou Lumenick New York Post

    A couple of years ago, a disaster like Shadow boxer - with the hapless Cuba Gooding Jr. scraping below the bottom of the barrel - would have gone straight to video or been buried on an obscure cable channel at 3 a.m. show more

  • 50
    Michael Sragow Baltimore Sun

    Despite the tenderness between them, Rose and her perfect younger man have the sickest mother-son relationship since Angela Lansbury and Laurence Harvey in "The Manchurian Candidate" - and Mikey seems just as brainwashed. show more

  • NA
    Owen Gleiberman Entertainment Weekly

    It doesn't take long to figure out that Shadowboxer 's Helen Mirren, as a cancer-ridden hitwoman, and Cuba Gooding Jr., as her doting stepson, are the most unconvincing team of hired assassins in movie history. show more

  • 70
    L.A. Weekly

    This is a sick flick. Sick, but satisfying. A cartoonish parable in the mode of Cronenberg's "A History of Violence." show more

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