Shiner (2001)

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… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: July 13, 2001
DVD Release Date: August 20, 2002
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Critic Score: 46% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Daphne Gordon
Toronto Star

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.

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Urban Cinefile

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.

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Steve Rhodes
Internet Reviews

For all its violence, the movie is remarkably dull with only Caine making much of an impression.

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Globe and Mail

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.

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Ryan Cracknell
Apollo Guide

Lacks heart, depth and, most of all, purpose.

Bruce Kirkland
Jam! Movies

A waste of fearless purity in the acting craft.

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Amber Wilkinson
Eye for Film

Shiner can certainly go the distance, but isn't world championship material.

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John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis

(Caine) proves once again he hasn't lost his touch, bringing off a superb performance in an admittedly middling film.

Jane Crowther

Opening with some contrived banter, cliches and some loose ends, the screenplay only comes into its own in the second half.

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Flixster Audience Score: 26% Flixster User Reviews
"I've never watched a movie with Michael Caine that I haven't at least liked. But I guess that streak ends with this film. I didn't like any… More
Danny Rovira
A first-rate hard-boiled brutal British crime drama, where Sir Michael Caine delivers a intense and powerful performance, as Billy "Shiner" Simpson a… More