Cutie And The Boxer
Cutie And The Boxer (2013)

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… More

Rated: R
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Release Date: August 16, 2013
DVD Release Date: February 4, 2014
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Critic Score: 96% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: A beautifully-made documentary that explores the challenges and richness of both marriage and art through the lens of a fascinating and complex couple.

Cath Clarke
Time Out

It's a touching film and a fascinating glimpse into one of those couples you can't quite believe are still together.

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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail

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.

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Richard Haridy

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.

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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic

A painful, powerful portrait of the struggle and sacrifice required to create, and the cost that it can demand.

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Peter Howell
Toronto Star

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.

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Dan Schindel
Movie Mezzanine

An unexpected but fully welcome treat. It's a great look at how both relationships and the creative instinct evolve over a long time.

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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald

The story of an extraordinary marriage between two people bound together by their artistic impulse.

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Andrea Gronvall
Chicago Reader

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.

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Jennie Kermode
Eye for Film

[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.

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Flixster Audience Score: 75% Flixster User Reviews
Spencer S.
This complex portrayal follows Ushio and Noriko Shinohara, a pair of artists living in New York and trying to make a living amongst their cultural history and… More
Markus Robinson
Opening with the striking image of an 80 year old Asian man putting on comically large boxing gloves, dipping them into black paint and proceeding to… More
Carlos Magalh„es
What first seems like a simple documentary turns out to be a complex and deeply sad portrait of an old couple of artists whose creative force derives from their… More
Mark Hobin
Cutie and the Boxer is mildly interesting, but it's a depressing watch. There isn't a lot of insight, but there is nuance. The director's POV… More
KJ Proulx
This film is so well-made that it hardly even feels like a documentary. This couple acts as if the camera is not even following them around. Following the life… More
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'Cutie and the Boxer'. Love and art so tightly interconnected, I don't think the enduring romance would've lasted without both driving them… More