Shadowboxer Synopsis
An assassin (Helen Mirren) with terminal cancer refuses to kill a pregnant woman (Vanessa Ferlito) .
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L.A. Weekly

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

By Maitland McDonagh
Despite the edifying square-up -- moral lessons about family, the legacy of violence and the tenacious power of love -- the appeal is...
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Baltimore Sun

By Michael Sragow
Despite the tenderness between them, Rose and her perfect younger man have the sickest mother-son relationship since Angela Lansbury and...
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Philadelphia Inquirer

By David Hiltbrand
A strident and shocking jumble, Shadowboxer suggests what you might come up with if you decided to inject John Huston's dark 1985 film,...
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The Hollywood Reporter

By Michael Rechtshaffen
In this lukewarm climate of pointless remakes and uninspired sequels there's always welcome room for a film that wants to push the...
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Chicago Tribune

Gruesome and supremely disjointed foray into the world of hired assassins.
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New York Daily News

By Elizabeth Weitzman
If he earns no other accolades for his directorial debut - a distinct likelihood - Lee Daniels deserves some kind of award just for...
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San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
There's no satisfaction and no pleasure to be gained by sitting through it. The characters are ludicrous and, worse than that, boring. And...
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New York Post

By Lou Lumenick
A couple of years ago, a disaster like Shadow boxer - with the hapless Cuba Gooding Jr. scraping below the bottom of the barrel - would...
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Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
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...
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Rated R | For strong graphic violence and sexuality, nudity, language and some drug use