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The Boxer

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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).

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

  • Critic Score
    80%
  • Audience Score
    75%

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

  • Tomatometer®

    80%
    reviews counted: 3
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  • Audience

    75%

Top Critic Reviews

Fresh:

- Charles Taylor, Salon.com, Wednesday, March 7, 2001

Fresh:

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

Fresh:

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

Audience Reviews

3 stars

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 words but his scenes with Watson up the ante: watching them communicate when they know it's against the rules but unable to help themselves makes the film. The boxing scenes are good as well.

- ApeneckFletcher, Saturday, June 18, 2011

3 stars

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 words but his scenes with Watson up the ante: watching them communicate when they know it's against the rules but unable to help themselves makes the film. The boxing scenes are good as well.

- ApeneckFletcher, Saturday, June 18, 2011

4 stars

I love this excellent emotionally story of an ex-con boxer who has changed after his 14-year prison sentence to return his old neighbourhood, reopens a gym for Catholic and Protestant youths, and rekindles his relationship with a former girlfriend in Belfast, Ireland. The best of writer-director Jim Sheridan and Daniel Day Lewis' third film since My Left Foot.

- deano, Monday, August 20, 2007