Cutie And The Boxer
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Once a rising star in the '70's New York art scene, 80-year-old "boxing" painter Ushio Shinohara is prepping for his latest show, hoping to reinvigorate his career. His wife and de facto assistant, Noriko, seeks her own recognition through her "Cutie" illustrations, which depict their chaotic 40-year marriage. CUTIE AND THE BOXER captures two lives united by a dedication to art-making for a touching meditation on the eternal themes of love and sacrifice. (c) Radius-TWC

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 96%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"It's a touching film and a fascinating glimpse into one of those couples you can't quite believe are still together."
‑ Cath Clarke, Time Out
"A lively double portrait of Ushio and Noriko Shinohara, two Brooklyn-based artists who, after 40 years of marriage, are still creating side by side, and tormenting each other."
‑ Liam Lacey, Globe and Mail
"Cutie and the Boxer is an often quiet, almost fragile piece of cinema that presents us with a spiky and unglamorous relationship, still full of love. It's a beautiful and humane documentary."
‑ Richard Haridy, Quickflix
"A sly, subversive portrait of an artist finally finding her voice... and the 'genius' husband in whose shadow she has long lingered."
‑ MaryAnn Johanson, Flick Filosopher
"Bifurcated biopic about a long-suffering wife who, against her better judgment, put her own career aspirations on hold for decades for the sake of an abusive, alcoholic artist who took her for granted."
‑ Kam Williams, Baret News
"A painful, powerful portrait of the struggle and sacrifice required to create, and the cost that it can demand."
‑ Bill Goodykoontz, Arizona Republic
"More than anything, the film expresses - at an almost subconscious level - the difficulties of discerning not only what real art is, but also what true love is all about."
‑ Peter Howell, Toronto Star
"An unexpected but fully welcome treat. It's a great look at how both relationships and the creative instinct evolve over a long time."
‑ Dan Schindel, Movie Mezzanine
"The film (cough) paints a compelling portrait of a true eccentric with a vast gulf between his dreams and his powers."
‑ David Edwards, Daily Record [UK]
"The resulting portrait, of a marriage enduring through change, is funny and touching."
‑ Sean Means, Salt Lake Tribune
"The story of an extraordinary marriage between two people bound together by their artistic impulse."
‑ Rene Rodriguez, Miami Herald
"Intriguing as their present lives may be, without enough background to appreciate, for instance, Ushio's associations with Rauschenberg and Warhol, we can't gauge the full extent of the couple's regrets and losses."
‑ Andrea Gronvall, Chicago Reader
"[Heinzerling's] languorous explorations of the couple's chaotic home find the details of their sexual and intellectual intimacy in the debris of their relationship, the collected treasures and half finished, discarded fragments of ideas."
‑ Jennie Kermode, Eye for Film
"Noticed by Oscar voters, this offbeat documentary explores the life of two colourful artists who have an unusual marriage."
‑ Rich Cline,
"The only way you'll get a more intimate view of a marriage than the one in Cutie and the Boxer is if you're in it and maybe not even then."
‑ Chris Hewitt (St. Paul), St. Paul Pioneer Press
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