Boxing Helena
Boxing Helena (1993)

Fantasy and desire are unleashed in this haunting, erotic tale of love, lust and obsession. Nick Cavanaugh is a brilliant surgeon who seems to have it all -- money, prestige, looks -- everything except Helena, a voluptuous, cold-hearted… More

Rated: R
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Release Date: September 3, 1993
DVD Release Date: April 10, 2001
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Critic Score: 19% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Variety Staff

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.

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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone

What Lynch, who wrote the script at 19, sees as high drama is really high camp.

TV Guide

[An] ambitious but unsuccessful curiosity.

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Time Out

Grotesquely misconceived.

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Rita Kempley
Washington Post

What Ms. Lynch has given us is a prettied-up snuff movie.

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Rumsey Taylor
Not Coming to a Theater Near You

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.

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Janet Maslin
New York Times

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.

John Hartl

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.

Emanuel Levy

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.

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Flixster Audience Score: 35% Flixster User Reviews
Dean McKenna
Strange story of obsession, domination and sexual inadequacy as well as writer-director Jennifer Chambers Lynch shoots for the same hypererotic feel that marks… More
Quinto Wallight
Okay, I know this film is horrible and I really, really need to defend myself on this one. Firs off, no. I did not like it because of its campiness (it helped,… More
Michael Gildea
This movie was unforgivable.
Anthony Valletta
So much potential, wasted.
William Goss
Tepid tale of warped obsession plays out like half-assed DePalma fare.
Christopher Brown
Sure it's weird, but it wasn't all that entertaining. Like if David Lynch's daughter made a film... wait a minute. Paxton's great though.