Boxing Helena
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In this stylized art film, which marked the directorial debut of second-generation filmmaker Jennifer Chambers Lynch, a surgeon with a mommy fixation and a problem with premature ejaculation grows obsessed with a vivacious young libertine, to the detriment of her mobility. Dr. Nick Cavanaugh (Julian Sands), the son of a frosty, unfaithful society matron, can't get lovely neighbor Helena (Sherilyn Fenn) out of his head. Although the two only ever shared a one-night stand, Nick won't let Helena go -- a hang-up that bodes ill for the health of his plodding romance with the smitten Anne… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 19%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"It's probably just as well that last-minute dropouts Kim Basinger or Madonna didn't take the title role, as the presence of a star lurking powerlessly on the little platform no doubt would have been distracting and more laughable than it [is] now."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"What Lynch, who wrote the script at 19, sees as high drama is really high camp."
‑ Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
"[An] ambitious but unsuccessful curiosity."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"silly attempt at quirky drama"
‑ Eric Melin,
"Quirky and underrated."
‑ Alex Sandell, Juicy Cerebellum
"Grotesquely misconceived."
‑ , Time Out
"What Ms. Lynch has given us is a prettied-up snuff movie."
‑ Rita Kempley, Washington Post
"It is curious that Lynch, having taken so many visual cues from her father, has an inadequate grasp of this compassion. The paralyzing obsession that permeates many of her father's works, on the other hand, she comprehends well."
‑ Rumsey Taylor, Not Coming to a Theater Near You
"Fairly provocative and not nearly as bad as critics claimed when it was released, but still intellectually half-baked."
‑ Dan Fienberg,
"What ever happened to Jennifer Lynch?"
‑ Victoria Alexander,
"s. Lynch has both talent and a point. Her film is by no means the gory, exploitative quasi-pornography that it sounds like from afar."
‑ Janet Maslin, New York Times
"Fenn's slow-motion fountain-bathing scene looks like an over-the-top TV commercial, the cop-out finale is a film-school cliche, and the male characters are so one-dimensional and pathetic that the movie could inspire a Men's Action Coalition."
‑ John Hartl,
"Prior to its world premiere at Sundance, Boxing Helena, the debut of David Lynch's daughter Jennifer, was the hottest film in the festival; two hours later, the movie was dead."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Durante boa parte do tempo, discute de forma interessante diversos temas relativos ao amor, sexo e posse - apenas para desmoronar nos cinco minutos finais."
‑ Pablo Villaca, Cinema em Cena
"Engagingly morbid with moments of power--that is, until it falls apart beyond repair during its final moments."
‑ Michael Dequina,
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