Shadowboxer (2005)

A late-career change of heart leads to a dangerous life on the run for two seasoned assassins whose complex relationship masks a dark past in director Lee Daniels' pulpy film noir. When Mickey (Cuba Gooding Jr.) was just a child, his… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: September 9, 2005
DVD Release Date: November 7, 2006
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Critic Score: 18% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: With random characters and a preposterous plot, this bizarre thriller might leave you with your mouth hanging open in disbelief.

Amy Nicholson
I.E. Weekly

Aaron Spelling may be slapping his forehead, but a few cemetary plots over, 1950's melodrama king Douglas Sirk is smiling.

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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper

The one thing I'll say about Shadowboxer is that it's never boring. Of course, I could also say that about stepping on crushed glass.

Michael Dequina

The raw materials for a gutsy, gritty, fearless, fascinating thriller are here, but they amount to some intriguing individual parts and not a satisfying, cohesive whole.

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Peter Howell
Toronto Star

Thumbs down to a movie of such vile and violent temper.

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Tom Keogh
Seattle Times

It ... has an insistently fussy and grandiose production design that mistakes lavish textures, brilliant colors and exotic backdrops for story atmosphere and style.

Kam Williams
Ban the N-Word

This cat-and-mouse caper's Swiss cheese plotline is riddled with too many holes to consider this flick as much more than a snuff film.

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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail

Gosh, it's almost too bad/good to be true.

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Richard Nilsen
Arizona Republic

It tells a story that would fit perfectly in a standard Hollywood action thriller, but it tells it in the grammar and syntax of an art film. The two sensibilities make no sense together.

Daniel Eagan
Film Journal International

Despite assembling a talented cast and crew, Daniels is stymied here by a script that takes itself far too seriously.

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Flixster Audience Score: 37% Flixster User Reviews
Jim Hunter
Two hired assassins help raise their mark's daughter while being pursued by her sociopath boyfriend. Lee Daniels's, the director behind… More
jay nixon
Convoluted junk
Helen Mirren, Cuba Gooding Jr., Vanessa Ferlito A mother and her stepson have a romantic relationship while working as contract killers, but soon they learn… More
Derek A
If you would like to watch Cuba Gooding Jr. have sex with 60 year old Helen Mirren MANY TIMES then watch this movie. The unfortunate thing about this movie… More
Lady D'arbanville
This was certainly a film of odd pairings, Helen Mirran and Cuba Gooding Jr and then Joseph Gordon Levitt and Mo'Nique, but the strangest part of the film… More
Robert C
A very interesting film. A little disturbing. If it was anyone other then Helen Mirren as the lead, it might not have worked.