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A minor-league criminal suddenly finds himself in deep trouble in this thriller. Billy "Shiner" Simpson (Michael Caine) is a man who has spent much of his life making a living by skirting the law, but he thinks he may finally have a legitimate path to the big time managing his son Eddie (Matthew Marsden), an up-and-coming boxer nicknamed "Golden Boy." Eddie is set to fight an American champion in a prizefight, and Billy is convinced Eddie can't lose. Even after Billy's daughter Georgie (Frances Barber) tips off the cops that he has been staging illegal underground… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 46%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"It's hard to like a film about a guy who is utterly unlikeable, and Shiner, starring Michael Caine as an aging British boxing promoter desperate for a taste of fame and fortune, is certainly that."
‑ Daphne Gordon, Toronto Star
"A tough and uncompromising drama about a boxing promoter betrayed by his family, Shiner may not totally succeed in its story outcome, but it is worth seeing for Michael Caine's devastatingly powerful and vulnerable performance alone."
‑ Urban Cinefile Critics, Urban Cinefile
"For all its violence, the movie is remarkably dull with only Caine making much of an impression."
‑ Steve Rhodes, Internet Reviews
"An ambitious movie that, like Shiner's organizing of the big fight, pulls off enough of its effects to make up for the ones that don't come off."
‑ Ray Conlogue, Globe and Mail
"Lacks heart, depth and, most of all, purpose."
‑ Ryan Cracknell, Apollo Guide
"A waste of fearless purity in the acting craft."
‑ Bruce Kirkland, Jam! Movies
"Shiner can certainly go the distance, but isn't world championship material."
‑ Amber Wilkinson, Eye for Film
"(Caine) proves once again he hasn't lost his touch, bringing off a superb performance in an admittedly middling film."
‑ John J. Puccio, Movie Metropolis
"Opening with some contrived banter, cliches and some loose ends, the screenplay only comes into its own in the second half."
‑ Jane Crowther,
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