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Based on the true story of Thailand's famed transgender kickboxer, Beautiful Boxer is a poignant action drama that punches straight into the heart and mind of a boy who fights like a man so he can become a woman. Believing he's a girl trapped in a boy's body since childhood, Parinya Charoenphol sets out to master the most masculine and lethal sport of Thai boxing to earn a living and to achieve his ultimate goal of total femininity. Touching, funny and packed with breathtaking Thai kickboxing sequences, Beautiful Boxer traces Nong Toom's childhood, teenage life as a traveling… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 80%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The cinematography tends toward cramped framing and busy composition but opens up nicely for the exciting fight sequences."
‑ Hank Sartin, Chicago Reader
"You can't help but root for Asanee's troubled character, in and out of the ring."
‑ V.A. Musetto, New York Post
"a long, meandering accumulation of unnecessary detail, where any number of episodes might have "got the chop" with little damage to the overall integrity of the film."
‑ Anton Bitel, Eye for Film
"A rather sensitive and sweet biopic about a someone who believes he's unfairly trapped in a man's body, a body he can use to whale the tar out of his opponents."
‑ Rob Thomas, Capital Times (Madison, WI)
"At almost two hours, the film might have benefited from some tightening, but that's a minor complaint."
‑ Andy Klein, Los Angeles CityBeat
"The film earns points for avoiding buffoonery, but it plods along with few surprises or emotional flash points."
‑ Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune
"Though a bit long and occasionally awkward, this drama ultimately does justice to its inspiration."
‑ Elizabeth Weitzman, New York Daily News
"An inspiring drama which, despite its uneven nature, still manages to pack a punch."
‑ Jamie Woolley,
"Made without much finesse and tends to lumber rather than soar, but still possesses a sweetness that's rather disarming."
‑ Frank Swietek, One Guy's Opinion
"A basically lighthearted, sprightly film about this most singular of real-life characters."
‑ David Noh, Film Journal International
"Manages to take a story that Jerry Springer would love and turn it into a sober and sensitive character study about identity and self-determination."
‑ Chris Vognar, Dallas Morning News
"A rare hybrid: an underdog sports picture that's also a transgender fairy tale."
‑ Dana Stevens, New York Times
"Beautiful Boxer: Boys Do Cry"
‑ Brandon Judell, New York Theatre Wire
"Star Asanee Suwan is tenderly moving as Toom, showing his struggle to find internal peace as he fights savagely to get it."
‑ Sean Means, Salt Lake Tribune
"Million Bhat Baby, anyone?"
‑ Don Willmott,
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