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The Boxer


When ex-boxer Danny Flynn (Daniel Day-Lewis) returns to his Belfast neighborhood, he's swept into emotional and political turmoil after he reunites with his former love (Emily Watson).

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- Charles Taylor,, Wednesday, March 7, 2001


- Joe Baltake, Sacramento Bee, Thursday, June 24, 2010


- Susan Stark, Detroit News, Saturday, January 1, 2000

Audience Reviews

4 stars

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, it seems that Cinderella Man's style and plot points seemed to borrow a lot from this movie, but out of the two, this is definitely the one to see.

- ythelastman89, Wednesday, November 18, 2009

4 stars

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 in Ireland. I don't think Daniel Day-Lewis could play a bad part in a film if he tried, as he easily carries the movie here. Alongside him are a couple of Thomas Harris-universe vets in Emily Watson (Red Dragon) and Brian Cox (Manhunter). As it is, several different things could tear apart a romance already torn apart for 14 years due to a stretch in prison. I've been searching for this movie for the last 10 years, finally found it and was in no way disappointed.

- middleeasternfilms, Monday, August 11, 2008

3 stars

Just a tad drawn out, but wonderful performances all around with a powerful topic.

- 76Majikat, Tuesday, May 27, 2008