The Boxer
The Boxer (1997)

Jim Sheridan (In the Name of the Father) co-scripted (with Terry George) and directed this drama about an Irish professional fighter. Filmed in Dublin.

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Rated: R
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Release Date: December 31, 1997
DVD Release Date: July 7, 1998
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Critic Score: 80% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: The Boxer is a standard drama that packs a true emotional wallop thanks to the highly tuned central performances.

Bob Thomas
Associated Press

In each film he makes, Day-Lewis seems to adopt a new persona.

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Paul Clinton (

With Watson and Day-Lewis you can almost feel the heat, and their situation never feels contrived or artificial.

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Serena Donadoni
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)

What makes The Boxer as potent as it is are the performances, especially Daniel Day-Lewis' contained powerhouse. His Danny is a closed-off man, shadowboxing with his private demons, who comes painfully, but gloriously, back to life.

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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer

Day-Lewis has the ability to make the will to nonviolence look positively volcanic. And Watson, with her 200-watt incandescence, makes longing look radiant.

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Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine

The critic dutifully tabulated each blunt plot point, each refried cliche.. And yet, when Danny's nemesis did something monstrously rotten, the critic was so enraged by the dastardly act that he had to stop himself from spitting his candy.

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David Stratton

An intelligent, provocative piece of cinema, with something quite bold to say in the Irish context.

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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel

If The Boxer doesn't quite score a knockout, that's because of such flaws as the too-sketchy development of the character of Maggie's son, who turns out to be pivotal. But the movie carries the day by aiming its strongest punches straight at the heart.

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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune

Though we've seen this unquiet terrain before, this new film about boxing, star-crossed lovers and the Irish Republican Army temporarily gives us fresh eyes.

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Tom Hutchinson
Radio Times

A knock-out performance by Daniel Day-Lewis is the highlight of this admirable if rather conventional drama.

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Flixster Audience Score: 75% Flixster User Reviews
Kevin M. Williams
A boxer returns from an unjust prison sentence to try to rebuild his life in an Ireland at odds with itself. Lewis carries the picture easily as a man of few… More
Derek Daniels
It's mainly a hard romance story, set within the story of an ex-boxer making a life out of prison with what he knows amidst the eternal terrorist struggles… More
Conner Rainwater
Daniel Day-Lewis doing what he does best. The plot is really good as well, dealing with the IRA and a forbidden love between Day-Lewis and an old flame. Also,… More
Lady D'arbanville
Just a tad drawn out, but wonderful performances all around with a powerful topic.
Tim Sigur
The best part of this movie is that you know DDL was training his ass off and probably could have been a featherweight champion. Watching him jump rope and… More
Drew Smith
Daniel Day-Lewis's <i>other</i> film about The Troubles - not nearly as loved as In The Name of the Father, but still a fine movie in its own… More

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